During our last fund drive one donor said this: "I love hymns ... If you asked for money, it means you need it! Please keep the work going. And please, accept my widow's mite. God bless you."

She was right. We only ask for money twice a year, and we do so because we need it.

So, before you close this box and move on to use the many resources on Hymnary.org, please prayerfully consider whether you might be able to make a gift to support our work. Gifts of any amount are appreciated, assist our work and let us know that we have partners in our effort to create the best database of hymns on the planet.

To donate online via PayPal or credit card, use the Calvin University secure giving site (https://calvin.quadweb.site/giving/hymnary).

If you'd like to make a gift by check, please send it to: Hymnary.org, Calvin University, 3201 Burton Street SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546.

And to read more about big plans for Hymnary, see https://hymnary.org/blog/major-additions-planned-for-hymnary.

Thomas of Celano

Short Name: Thomas of Celano
Full Name: Thomas, of Celano, 1200-1265
Birth Year (est.): 1200
Death Year (est.): 1265

Thomas of Celano was born at Celano in the Abruzzi, and joined St. Francis of Assisi c. 1214. He was commissioned by Gregory IX to write the life of St. Francis: the First Legend, 1229; the Second Legend, 1247; and the Tract on the Miracle of St. Francis a few years later. His Legend of St. Clare was composed in 1255. He was probably among the first band of friars to visit Germany, 1221.
--The Hymnal 1940 Companion

Thomas of Celano. It is somewhat remarkable that neither the date of the birth nor of the death of this writer, whose name is so intimately associated with the Dies Irae, is on record. He was a native of Celano, a small town near the lake Fucino, in the farther Abruzzo, and hence his name of Thomas of Celano. Several of the inhabitants of this town were driven therefrom by Frederick II. in 1223, and Thomas with the rest. He found his way to Assisi, and became a monk there during the lifetime of St. Francis. The Franciscan Order was established in 1208, Thomas was therefore one of the early students at Assisi. He was subsequently "custos of the convents of Worms, Mentz, and Cologne, and afterwards sole custos of the Rhine districts." The last named appointment he held till 1230, when he returned to Assisi. As intimated above the date of his death is not on record. It is sometimes given as 1255. Thomas also wrote a Life of St. Francis.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, Appendix I (1907)

See also in:

Texts by Thomas of Celano (21)sort descendingAsInstances
An dem Tag der ZornesflammenThomas of Celano (Author)7
An dem Tag der ZorneswehenThomas of Celano (Author)2
Day of anger, day of wonderThomas, of Celano (Author)1
Day of anger that dread dayCelano (Author)2
Day of doom, the last and greatestThomas de Celano (Author)1
Day of vengeance without morrowThomas of Celano (Author)1
Day of wrath! O day of mourning! See fulfilled the prophet's warningThomas of Celano, 13th cent. (Author)57
Day of wrath, O dreadful day!Thomas of Celano (Author)13
Day of wrath of days that DayThomas of Celano (Author)1
Day of wrath, that day of burningThomas of Celano, -1253 (Author)2
Day of wrath, that day whose knellingThomas of Celano, 13th Century (Author)2
Day of wrath that ends the agesThomas of Celano, d. 1255 (Alterer)2
Day of wrath, that [O] day of mourning [burning]Thomas of Celano (Author)2
Det snart forvist paa Tiden erThomas af Celano (Author)3
Dies irae, dies illaThomas de Celano (Author)2
Dommedag skal Tiden endeThomas, of Celano (Author)1
En dag skall uppgå för vår synThomas frän Celano, d. 1265 (Author)2
Jenen Tag, den Tag der WehenThomas v. Celano (Author)2
On that great, that awful dayT. Von Celano (Author)2
That day of wrath, that dreadful dayThomas of Celano (Author)22
The Lord will come: the earth shall quakeThomas of Celano (Author)1

See also...

Suggestions or corrections? Contact us


It looks like you are using an ad-blocker. Ad revenue helps keep us running. Please consider white-listing Hymnary.org or subscribing to eliminate ads entirely and help support Hymnary.org.