Jesus the Glory of the Holy Angels

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1 Christ, the fair glory of the holy angels,
thou who hast made us, thou who o'er us rules,
grant of thy mercy, unto us thy servants,
steps up to heaven.

2 Send thy archangel, Michael, to our succour;
peacemaker blessèd, may he banish from us
striving and hatred, so that for the peaceful
all things may prosper.

3 Send thine archangel, Gabriel, the mighty;
herald of heaven, may he from us mortals,
spurn the old serpent, watching o'er the temples
where thou art worshiped.

4 Send thy archangel, Raphael, the restorer,
of the misguided ways of those who wander,
who at thy bidding strengthens soul and body
with thine anointing.

5 May the blest Mother of our God and Saviour,
may the assembly of the saints in glory,
may the celestial companies of angels
ever assist us.

6 Father almighty, Son and Holy Spirit,
God ever blessèd, be thou our preserver;
thine is the glory which which the angels worship
veiling their faces.

Source: Complete Anglican Hymns Old and New #102

Author: Rabanus Maurus

Rabanus Maurus (c. 776-856) or Hrabanus Magnentius Maurus, was born of noble parents at Mainz, and educated at Fulda and Tours under Alcuin, who is reputed to have given him the surname, Maurus, after the saint of that name. In 803, he became director of the school at the Benedictine Abbey at Fulda. He was ordained priest in 814, spending the following years in a pilgrimage to Palestine. In 822, he became Abbott at Fulda, retiring in 842. In 847, he became archbishop of Mainz. He died at Winkel on the Rhine, February 4, 856. This distinguished Carolingian poet-theologian wrote extensive biblical commentaries, the Encyclopaedic De Universo, De Institutione Clericorum, and other works which circulated widely during the Middle Ages. Som… Go to person page >

Translator: Percy Dearmer

Dearmer, Percy, M.A., son of Thomas Dearmer, was born in London, Feb. 27, 1867, and educated at Westminster School and at Christ Church, Oxford (B.A. 1890, M.A. 1896). He was ordained D. 1891, P. 1892, and has been since 1901 Vicar of S. Mary the Virgin, Primrose Hill, London. He has been Secretary of the London Branch of the Christian Social Union since 1891, and is the author of The Parson's Handbook, 1st edition, 1899, and other works. He was one of the compilers of the English Hymnal, 1906, acting as Secretary and Editor, and contributed to it ten translations (38, 95, 150, 160, 165, 180, 215, 237, 352, 628) and portions of two others (242, 329), with the following originals:— 1. A brighter dawn is breaking. Easter. Suggested by… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Jesus the Glory of the Holy Angels
Latin Title: Christe sanctorum decus angelorum
Author: Rabanus Maurus
Translator: Percy Dearmer
Language: English
Publication Date: 1915
Copyright: Public Domain



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Complete Anglican Hymns Old and New #102

Hymns Ancient and Modern, New Standard Edition #321

Hymns Old and New #79


The Cyber Hymnal #785


The New English Hymnal #190a


The New English Hymnal #190b

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