Ad cenam Agni

                                                                                                                         Pluscarden Abbey, Scotland

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  1. The Lamb's high banquet we await          
    in snow-white robes of royal state:      
    and now, the Red Sea's channel past,      
    to Christ our Prince we sing at last.

  2. Upon the Altar of the Cross
    His Body hath redeemed our loss:        
    and tasting of his roseate Blood,          
    our life is hid with Him in God.

  3. That Paschal Eve God's arm was bared,
    the devastating Angel spared:
    by strength of hand our hosts went free
     from Pharaoh's ruthless tyranny.

  4. Now Christ, our Paschal Lamb, is slain,
    the Lamb of God that knows no stain,  
    the true Oblation offered here,
    our own unleavened Bread sincere.

  5. O Thou, from whom hell's monarch flies,
    O great, O very Sacrifice,
    Thy captive people are set free,
    and endless life restored in Thee.

  6. For Christ, arising from the dead,        
    from conquered hell victorious sped,    
    and thrust the tyrant down to chains,    
    and Paradise for man regains.

  7. We pray Thee, King with glory decked,    
    in this our Paschal joy, protect
    from all that death would fain effect    
    Thy ransomed flock, Thine own elect.

  8. To Thee who, dead, again dost live,      
    all glory Lord, Thy people give;
    all glory, as is ever meet,
    to Father and to Paraclete.  Amen. 


   Liber Hymnarius page 74


Vespers Hymn from Easter Sunday until Ascension

Note:  The Latin text is from the Liber Hymnarius (Abbaye Saint-Pierre de Solesmes, 1998, page 74) and used with permission from The Abbaye Saint-Pierre, Solesmes, France. To obtain the music with updated notation, please purchase the Liber Hymnarius ). An earlier version may be found in the Antiphonale Monasticum (1934); but music and text may vary.

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