Rex Christe, factor omnium

Rex Christe, factor omnium

Author: Gregory the Great
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Author: Gregory the Great

Gregory I., St., Pope. Surnamed The Great. Was born at Rome about A.D. 540. His family was distinguished not only for its rank and social consideration, but for its piety and good works. His father, Gordianus, said to have been the grandson of Pope Felix II. or III., was a man of senatorial rank and great wealth; whilst his mother, Silvia, and her sisters-in-law, Tarsilla and Aemiliana, attained the distinction of canonization. Gregory made the best use of his advantages in circumstances and surroundings, so far as his education went. "A saint among saints," he was considered second to none in Rome in grammar, rhetoric, and logic. In early life, before his father's death, he became a member of the Senate; and soon after he was thirty and ac… Go to person page >

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Author: Gregory the Great


Rex Christe, factor omnium. St. Gregory the Great. [Passiontide.] This is one of the eight hymns accepted in the Benedictine edition of Gregory's Opera (Paris, 1705, vol. iii. col. 879), as his genuine productions. It is found in a manuscript of the 11th century, in the British Museum (Harl. 2981 f. 240); in a manuscript of the 12th cent, in the Bodleian (Liturg. Misc. 297 f, 309); in three manuscipts of the 11th century, at St. Gall (Nob, 387, 313, 314), and others. In mediaeval times it was often used at the Tenebrae service on Good Friday, but does not seem to have been received into the more important Breviaries. It long survived in its original form in the Lutheran Church, and is e.g. in the Dresden Gesang-Buch, 1748, p. 991, as one of "Certain Latin hymns as they are sung from time to time at week-day sermons in the Holy Cross Church, at the beginning of Divine service." The text is found in Daniel, i., No. 151; Bässler, No. 58; Königsfeld, i. p. 72, and others. Translated as:—
0 Christ! our King, Creator, Lord. By Ray Palmer, in the Andover Sabbath Hymn Book, 1858, No. 336.
Other translations are:—
1. O Christ our King, Who all hast made. W. J. Copeland, 1848.
2. O Christ our King, by Whom were framed. J. D. Chambers, 1852 and 1857.
3. Thou King anointed, at Whose word. Rev. James Inglis, N. York, 1868, in Schaff’s Christ in Song, 1809.
4. O Thou by Whom the worlds were made. D. T. Morgan. 1880. [Rev. James Mearns, M.A.]

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)

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