Saturday, December 1, 2007

Christe, redemptor omnium
(St. Ambrose of Milan)

Christ, Redeemer of all,
out of the Father, and with the Father one,
alone before the beginning
born ineffably.
Thou art the light, the brilliance of the Father,
Thou art the perennial hope of all,
to Whom Thy servants in the world
direct the estate of their prayers.
Remember, O Author of Salvation,
how in taking on our flesh
from the unstained Virgin,
Thou wast born in our form.
So doth today testify,
as well the circling years,
that Thou alone hast come from the Father
for the Salvation of the world.
The sky, the earth, the sea,
and all that lieth therein,
to the Author of Thine Advent
chant exultantly in praise.
And also we, who Thy
holy blood hast ransomed,
on this day of Thy Nativity
join together in a new hymn.
Glory be to Thee, O Lord,
Thou Who was born of a virgin,
with the Father and the Holy Spirit,
unto ages everlasting.

[Ephrem Hugh Bensusan, Translator]
Original Latin Text