Suffrage of Saint Athanasius

Antiphon

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O best of Doctors, light of Holy Church, blessed Athanasius, lover of God’s law; pray for us to the Son of God. (Alleluia)
V. Iustum dedúxit Dóminus per vias rectas. (P. T. Allelúia) V. Our Lord hath guided the just by right ways. (Alleluia)
R. Et osténdit illi regnum Dei. (P. T. Allelúia) R. And showed him the kingdom of God. (Alleluia)

Prayer

Orémus. Let us pray.

Exáudi, quǽsumus Dómine, preces nostras, quas in beáti Athanásii Confessóris tui atque Pontíficis commemoratióne deférimus: et qui tibi digne méruit famulári, eius intercedéntibus méritis, ab ómnibus nos absólve peccátis. Per Dóminum nostrum Iesum Christum, Fílium tuum: Qui tecum vivit et regnat in unitáte Spíritus Sancti Deus, per ómnia sǽcula sæculórum.

Graciously listen, we beseech thee, O Lord, to the prayers we offer up in commemoration of blessed Athanasius, thy Confessor and Bishop: him thou didst find worthy to render acceptable service to thee; appealed to by his merits, do thou free us from all sin. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, thy Son, who lives and reigns with thee in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever.

(A suffrage is a short intercessory prayer said to both honor the subject and beg for their heavenly aid. Often said as personal devotions—several one after another. In previous times a number were mandated at the conclusion of Lauds and Vespers, and it matches the traditional form of commemoration of feasts in the Divine Office (Antiphon, Versicle and Prayer).)

Sequence: Laude iocunda melos

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Full chant

Sequence for the Feast of Saints Peter & Paul, June 29

Sound, O crowd, the melody in joyful praise,
Joining the words to rhythmic symphony,
May this famous harmony even join the lights of the sky,
Which with golden light illuminate all realms of the world.

Their strong trophies are already blossoming in the kingdom of heaven,
Whose merits dispel the crimes on this shining day.

For one triumphed through the execution on the cross, the other through the sword in the neck, both laurels are shining.
And above the highest stars, famous through their victory, they are prelates in the heavenly court.
From thence, thou, O blessed Peter, who openest [and] closest the great gates of heaven with thy word,
Mildly receive the faithful prayers, dissolving all bonds of sin.

Paul, bring us holy doctrine that illuminateth the hearts of the people,
And carry our minds beyond the stars, as perfectly as God may give.
From thence may come the music of the virtues, fair, with strings and singing,
In that shall be composed the harmony, and that, which is really the original perfect fourth.

Consisting of Virtue and Justice
Of Temperance and Prudence,

With them more than fittingly adorned, let the crowds sing enharmonic canticles to Christ.
May they be joined to our choir, may they give these lights, whom we give more than lyrical songs,
Now everything that is redeemed shall give a solemn Amen.


Melody and text as in the Gregorian Institute of Canada’s Sarum Rite Sequentiarium edited by William Renwick and Caroleen Molenaar.
Translation from the Saint John Fisher Missale.