Iste confessor

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Iste confessor is the Vesper hymn for Confessor Bishops, tracable to the 10th century and possibly originally composed in honor of St. Martin<ref>Hymns of the Breviary and Missal by Matthew Britt, Benziger Brothers, 1922</ref>. There are two variants, Iste confessor Domini sacratus and, in the Liber Usualis, Iste confessor Domini colentes. Alternatim settings usually begin with the second verse, "Qui pius, prudens"

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Organ verses have been written by Frescobaldi (Tocate), Titelouse & others.  

Text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

1  Iste Confessor Domini colentes
Quem pie laudant populi per orbem :
Hac die laetus meruit beatas
Scandere sedes.

2  Qui pius, prudens, humilis, pudicus,
Sobriam duxit sine labe vitam.
Donec humanos animavit aurae
Spiritus artus.

3  Cujus obpraestans meritum frequenter,
Ægra quae passim jacuere membra,
Viribus morbi domitis, saluti

4  Noster hinc illi chorus obsequentem
Concinit laudem, celebresque palmas;
Ut piis ejus precibus juvemur
Omne per ævum.

5  Sit salus illi, decus, atque virtus,
Qui super cæli solio coruscans,
Totius mundi seriem gubernat,
Trinus et unus. Amen

Latin.png Latin text

1  Iste confessor Domini sacratus
Festa plebs cuius celebrat per orbem,
Hodie letus meruit secreta,
Scandere Cœli.

2  Qui pius, prudens, humilis, pudicus,
Sobrius, castus fuit et quietus
Vita, dum presens vegetavit ejus
Corporis artus.

3  Ad sacrum cuius tumulum frequenter,
Membra languentem modo sanitati,
Quo libet morbo fuerint gravata,

4  Unde nunc noster chorus in honorem
Ipsius hymnum canit nunc libenter,
Ut piis ejus meritis juvemur
Omne per aevum.

5  Sit salus illi decus atque virtus,
Qui supra cœli residens cacumen,
Totius mundi machinam gubernat,
Trinus et unus.

English.png English translation

1  He, whose confession God of old accepted,
Whom through the ages all now hold in honour,
Gaining his guerdon this day came to enter
Heaven's high portal.

2  God-fearing, watchful, pure of mind and body,
Holy and humble, thus did all men find him;
While, through his members, to the life immortal
Mortal life called him.

3  Thus to the weary, from the life enshrined,
Potent in virtue, flowed humane compassion;
Sick and sore laden, howsoever burdened,
There they found healing.

4  So now in chorus, giving God the glory,
Raise we our anthem gladly to his honour,
That in fair kinship we may all be sharers
Here and hereafter.

5  Honour and glory, power and salvation,
Be in the highest unto him who reigneth
Changeless in heaven over earthly changes,
Triune, eternal. Amen.

English.png English translation

1  THIS the Confessor of the Lord, whose triumph
Now all the faithful celebrate, with gladness
Erst on this feast-day merited to enter
Into his glory.

2  Saintly and prudent, modest in behavior.
Peaceful and sober, chaste was he, and lowly.
While that life's vigor, coursing through his members,
Quickened his being.

3  Sick ones of old time, to his tomb resorting.
Sorely by ailments manifold afflicted,
Oft-times have welcomed health and strength returning.
At his petition.

4  Whence we in chorus gladly do him honor,
Chanting his praises with devout affection,
That in his merits we may have a portion.
Now and forever.

5  His be the glory, power and salvation,
Who over all things reigneth in the highest,
Earth's mighty fabric ruling and directing,
Onely and Trinal.

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