Felice Anerio (±1560-1614): Christe redemptor omnium

westminster cathedral choir boys applauding 150x150 Felice Anerio’s alternatim beautiful four-voice setting of the sixth century Advent Vesper hymn Christe redemptor omnium (Christ, Redeemer of Us All) is very traditional in style. Its imitative polyphony is very close to the chant and other than at the word ‘caelum‘ avoids word-painting. It’s sung below by the choir of Westminster Cathedral conducted by James O’Donnell. Enjoy :-).


Text, Translation,  and Score: Christe redemptor omnium

Latin textEnglish translation

Christe redemptor omnium
Ex Patre patris unice
Solus ante principium
Natus ineffabiliter.

Tu lumen, tu splendor Patris,
Tu spes perrennis omnium:
Intende quas fundunt preces
Tui per orbem serrulis.

Memento salutis auctor,
Salutis quod nostri quondam corporis
Ex illibata Virgine
Nascendo formam sumpseris.

Sic praesens testatur dies
Currens per anni circulum,
Quod solus a sede Patris
Mundi salus adveneris.

Hunc caelum, terra, hunc mare,
Hunc omne quod in eis est,
Auctorem adventus tui;
Laudans exultat cantico.

Nos quoque, qui sancto tuo
Redempti sanguine sumus
Ob diem natalis tui
Hymnum novum concinimus.

Gloria tibi Domine,
Qui natus es de Virgine
Cum Patre et Sancto Spiritu
In sempiterna saecula.


O Christ, the Father’s only Son,
whose death for all redemption won;
before the worlds, of God most high
begotten all ineffably.

The Father’s light and splendour thou,
their endless hope to thee that bow;
accept the prayers and praise today
that through the world thy servants pay.

Salvation’s author, call to mind
how, taking form of humankind,
born of a Virgin undefiled,
thou in man’s flesh becam’st a child.

Thus testifies the present day,
through every year in long array,
that thou, salvation’s source alone,
proceedest from the Father’s throne.

Whence sky, and stars, and sea’s abyss,
and earth, and all that therein is,
shall still, with laud and carol meet,
the Author of thine advent greet.

And we who, by thy precious blood
from sin redeemed, are marked for God,
on this the day that saw thy birth,
sing the new song of ransomed earth.

For that thine advent glory be,
O Lord, virgin-born, to thee;
with Father, and with Holy Ghost,
from men and from the heavenly host.

Score available from Christe Redemptor omnium (Felice Anerio) – ChoralWiki.