Rex Sempiterne Cælitum / O Thou, the Heavens’ Eternal King

Posted March 28, 2016 6:14 am by Webmaster

Rex Sempiterne Cælitum / O Thou, the Heavens’ Eternal King

EASTERTIDE – Rex Sempiterne Cælitum is an anonymous Ambrosian hymn dating back to the 6th century. Originally titled: Rex coterie Domine, the text has gone through a number of significant changes over the centuries including those made for a Benedictine Breviary and by Pope Urban VIII. St. Bede (672?-735) sings it’s praises in De Arte Metrica as “that admirable hymn… fashioned exquisitely after the model of iambic metre”. In the Roman Breviary it is traditionally sung at Matins during the Paschal season. The translation given below: O Thou, the Heavens’ Eternal King  is Hymn 61 in Fr. Britts’ Hymns of the

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