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7th century Ambrosian Vespers hymn for Sundays and week-days during Advent.


Creator alme siderum,

Æterna lux credentium,

Jesu Redemptor omnium,

Intende votis supplicum.

Qui dæmonis ne fraudibus

Periret orbis, impetu

Amoris actus, languidi

Mundi medela factus es.

Commune qui mundi nefas

Ut expiares; ad crucem

E Virginis sacrario

Intacta prodis victima.

Cujus potestas gloriæ,

Nomen que cum primum sonat;

Et cœlites et inferi

Tremente curvantur genu.

Te deprecamur ultimæ

Magnum dei Judicem,

Armis supernæ gratiae
Defende nos ab hostibus.

Virtus, honor, laus, gloria

Deo Patri cum Filio,

Sancto simul Paraclito,

In sæculorum sæcula.


Nourishing Creator of the stars,

Everlasting light of the faithful,

Jesus, Redeemer of mankind,

Uphold the prayers of your supplicants.

You who put an end
to the devil's movement
to destroy the earth in fury
Bring about the healing of the powerless world.

You who came to atone
for universal sin by crucifixion, 

Out of the sanctuary of an untouched virgin
who brought forth the sacrificial victim.

You whose foremost glorious name and power
are celebrated,
And before whom heaven and hell
tremble and bend the knee.

We entreat you,

Most powerful God and our Judge,

Favor us with celestial weapons 

To defend us from the enemy.

Virtue, honor, praise, and glory

To God the Father with the Son

Sacred protector

From age to age.

(translation by Donna Stewart)




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