Vexilla regis prodeunt, a 4

Vexilla regis prodeunt, a 4

Dominica in Passione [1600b]


VExilla regis prodeunt,

Fulget crucis mysterium:

Quo carne carnis conditor,

Suspensus est patibulo.


QUo vulneratus insuper,

Mucrone diro lanceae:

Ut nos lauaret crimine,

Manauit vnda sanguine.


IMpleta sunt quae concinit,

Dauid fideli carmine,

Dicens in nationibus,

Regnauit a ligno Deus.


ARbor decora et fulgida,

Ornata regis purpura,

Electa digno stipite,

Tam sancta membra tangere.


BEata cuius brachiis,

Saecli pependit pretium,

Statera facta corporis,

Praedamque tulit tartaris.


O Crux ave spes vnica,

Hoc passionis tempore:

Auge piis iustitiam,

Reisque dona veniam.


Te summa Deus Trinitas,

collaudet omnis spiritus;

quos per Crucis mysterium

salvas, rege per saecula.





The banners of the King advance:

the mystery of the Cross shines forth,

He, the creator of all flesh,

flesh himself, was hanged.


He whose side was wounded

by the cruel point of the spear,

that he might wash away our sins,

gave forth water and blood.


It is fulfilled in David's

true song that prophesied,

saying: among the nations

God has reigned from a tree.


O tree of light and beauty,

adorned with royal purple,

chosen from stock worthy

to touch the sacred limbs.


The blessed tree, upon whose branches

hung the ransom of the world,

was made the balance for his body,

and bore away the spoils of hell.


Hail, O Cross, our only hope.

In this Passiontide increase

justice to the pious.

Grant forgiveness to sinners.


God most high Trinity,

may every soul praise you:

for ever reign over those you save

through the mystery of the Cross.



[Translation: Nancho Álvarez]

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