Posted by: ioannespaulus | September 12, 2009

Hymn: Vexilla Regis Prodeunt

A beautiful hymn for the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross! This is the hymn for vespers, so if you pray the Divine Office, you may wish to use this hymn instead!


ABROAD the Regal Banners fly,
Now shines the Gross’s mystery;
Upon it Life did death endure,
And yet by death did life procure.

Who, wounded with a direful spear,
Did, purposely to wash us clear
From stain of sin, pour out a flood
Of precious Water mixed with Blood.

That which the Prophet-King of old
Hath in mysterious verse foretold,
Is now accomplished, whilst we see
God ruling nations from a Tree.

O lovely and refulgent Tree,
Adorned with purpled majesty;
Culled from a worthy stock, to bear
Those Limbs which sanctified were.

Blest Tree, whose happy branches bore
The wealth that did the world restore;
The beam that did that Body weigh
Which raised up hell’s expected prey.

Hail, Cross, of hopes the most sublime!
Now in this mournful Passion time,
Improve religious souls in grace,
The sins of criminals efface.

Blest Trinity, salvation’s spring,
May every soul Thy praises sing;
To those Thou grantest conquest by
The holy Cross, rewards apply.



  1. Hey!

    I think the hymn from youtube is different from the scores. haha.

    Cheers šŸ™‚

    • OH MAN! You’re right! Didn’t notice the slight variations! But ok lah.. it’s along those lines. Erm… If you can find another one that matches the score posted, please let me know. Thanks!

  2. Hey yo!

    I’ve found two equally good videos.



    The first video has an accompanying scene of the tridentine missa cantata but i find both equally good. Both videos have the high altar haha. A nice hymn indeed!


    • Thanks! The first one is beautiful!

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