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  • Writer's pictureFr. Scott Haynes

Conditor alme siderum, Guillaume Du Fay

Fr. Scott A. Haynes

Latin Text

Cónditor alme síderum,

aetérna lux credéntium,

Christe, redémptor ómnium,

exáudi preces súpplicum.

Qui cóndolens intéritu

mortis períre saeculum,

salvásti mundum lánguidum,

donans reis remédium:

Vergénte mundi véspere,

uti sponsus de thálamo,

egréssus honestíssima

Vírginis matris cláusula:

Cuius forti poténtiæ

genu curvántur ómnia,

Caeléstia, terréstria,

mutu faténtur súbdita.

Te déprécamur agie,

ventúre judex saéculi,

consérva nos in témpore

hostis a telo pérfidi.

Laus, honor, virtus, glória

Deo Patri, et Filío,

sancto Simul Paráclito

in saeculórum saécula. Amen.


Creator of the stars of night,

thy people’s everlasting light,

Jesu, Redeemer, save us all,

and hear Thy servants when they call.

Thou, grieving that the ancient curse

should doom to death a universe,

hast found the medicine, full of grace,

to save and heal a ruined race.

Thou cam’st, the Bridegroom of the bride,

as drew the world to evening-tide;

proceeding from a virgin shrine,

the spotless victim all divine.

At whose dread name, majestic now,

all knees must bend, all hearts must bow;

and things celestial Thee shall own,

and things terrestrial, Lord alone.

O Thou whose coming is with dread

to judge and doom the quick and dead,

preserve us, while we dwell below,

from every insult of the foe.

To God the Father, God the Son,

and God the Spirit, Three in One,

laud, honor, might, and glory be

from age to age eternally. Amen.

Recorded live on December 16, 2016, at First Church in Cambridge, Congregational, professional vocal ensemble Blue Heron performs an alternatim setting by Guillaume Du Fay (c.1397-1474) of plainchant for Advent, "Conditor alme siderum".

The full text and translation can be found here: The featured Blue Heron musicians are (L-R) Michael Barrett, Martin Near and Owen McIntosh. Blue Heron’s artistic director is Scott Metcalfe. Video and audio by Kathy Wittman, Ball Square Films


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