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Echoes from the Monastery


Vexilla regis prodeunt

Vexilla regis prodeunt:
Fulget crucis mysterium
Quo carne carnis conditor,
Suspensus est patibulo.

O Crux ave, spes unica,
Hoc passionis tempore
Auge piis justitiam,
Reisque dona veniam.

Te, summa Deus Trinitas,
Collaudet omnis spiritus:
Quos per crucis mysterium
Salvas, rege per saecula. Amen. 



The Royal Banner forward goes,
The mystic Cross refulgent glows:
Where He, in Flesh, flesh who made,
Upon the Tree of pain is laid.

O Cross! all hail! sole hope, abide
With us now in this Passion-tide:
New grace in pious hearts implant,
And pardon to the guilty grant.

Thee, mighty Trinity! One God!
Let every living creature laud;
Whom by the Cross Thou dost deliver,
O guide and govern now and ever! Amen. 

Tenebrae factae sunt

by Tomás Luis de Victoria

Tenebrae factae sunt 
dum crucifixissent Jesum Judaei:
et circa horam nonam exclamauit Jesus voce magna:
deus meus vt quid me dereliquisti.
Et inclinato capite emisit spiritum.
Exclamans Jesus voce magna Ait:
Pater in manus tuas commendo spiritum meum.
Et inclinato capite emisit spiritum.



There was darkness
when the Jews crucified Jesus;
and about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice:
My God, my God why hast thou forsaken me?
And bowing his head, he gave up the ghost.
Jesus, crying out with a loud voice, said:
Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit.
And bowing his head, he gave up the ghost.