Contents Te splendor et virtus Patris
O Jesus, Life-spring of the Soul

From the Roman Breviary. This hymn is by Pope Urban VIII (1632) and is based upon Tibi, Christe, splendor Patris which is attributed to Rabanus Maurus.

TE splendor et virtus Patris
Te vita, Iesu, cordium,
ab ore qui pendent tuo,
laudamus inter Angelos.
O JESUS! life-spring of the soul!
The Father's Power and Glory bright!
Thee with Angels we extol;
from Thee they draw their life and light.
TIBI mille densa milium
ducum corona militat;
sed explicat victor Crucem
Michael salutis Signifer.
THY thousand, thousand hosts are spread,
embattled o'er the azure sky;
but Michael bears Thy standard dread,
and lifts the mighty Cross on high.
DRACONIS hic dirum caput
in ima pellit tartara,
ducemque cum rebellibus
caelesti ab arce fulminat.
HE in that sign the rebel powers
did with their dragon prince expel:
and hurled them from heaven's high towers.
down like a thunderbolt to hell.
CONTRA ducem superbiae
sequamur hunc nos Principem,
ut detur ex Agni throno
nobis corona gloriae.
GRANT us with Michael still, O Lord,
against the Prince of Pride to fight;
so may a crown be our reward,
before the Lamb's pure throne of light.
PATRI, simulque Filio,
tibique, Sancte Spiritus,
sicut fuit, sit iugiter
saeculum per omne gloria. Amen.
TO GOD the Father and the Son
and Holy Paraclete to Thee,
as evermore hath been before,
be glory through eternity. Amen.
(tr. E. Casawall)
Princeps gloriosissime Michael Archangele, esto memor nostri; hic et ubique semper precare pro nobis Filium Dei. Most glorious Prince, Michael the Archangel, be ever mindful of us; here and everywhere pray always for us to the Son of God.
V. In conspectu Angelorum psallam tibi, Deus meus: V. Before the Angels will I sing praise unto Thee, O my God.
R. Adorabo ad templum sanctum tuum, et confitebor nomini tuo. R. I will worship at Thy holy temple, and praise Thy name.
Deus, qui miro ordine Angelorum ministeria hominumque dispensas, concede propitius, ut a quibus tibi ministrantibus in caelo semper assistitur, ab his in terra vita nostra muniatur. Per Christum Dominum nostrum. Amen.
Let us pray
O God, who in wondrous order dost ordain and constitute the services of men and Angels; mercifully grant that our life may be defended on earth by them that stand near Thee, evermore ministering to Thee in heaven. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

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