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Hi sacerdotes Domini sacrati



Hi sacerdotes Domini sacrati,

consecratores Domini fideles

atque pastores populi fuere

impigro amore.

Namque susceptae benedictionis

dona servantes, studere, lumbos

fortiter cincti, manibus coruscas

ferre lucernas.

Sicque suspense vigilesque, quando

ianuam pulsans Dominus veniret,

obviaverunt properanti alacres

pandere limen.

Gloriae summum decus atque laudis,

rex, tibi, regum, Deitas perennis,

quicquid est rerum celebret per omne

tempus et aevum. Amen.


These holy and sanctified priests of the Lord,

were consecrators of the Lord's faithful ones,

and they were good shepherds of the Lord's household

with unwearied love.

For they undertook to give sanctified gifts

to the members of the household, were zealous,

with strongly girded loins and with hands shining

to bear the trimm'd lamps.

And thus raised up and keeping watch, as wise ones,

when the Lord comes knocking upon the house-door,

they have met swiftly and eagerly to lay

open the threshold.

Glory, most-highest honour, and also praise,

to you, king of kings, eternally divine,

who is eminent and celebrated through all

time and forever. Amen.