Hymn at Evening Prayer for Quasimodo Geniti

This was one of the hymns offered in The Brotherhood Prayer Book for Evening Prayer today:

Ad cenam providi. 7th century, trans. by J. M. Neale

1. The Lamb’s high banquet we await / In snow-white robes of royal state; / And now, the Red Sea’s channel passed, / 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 Passover is slain, / The Lamb of God that knows now 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; / He thrusts the tyrant down to chains, / And paradise for man regains.

7. Maker of all, to Thee we pray, / Fulfill in us Thy joy today; / When death assails, grant, Lord, that we / May share Thy paschal victory.

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.

Take a listen.

This is just a taste of what the hymnody in the BPB is like. The chant for it is beautiful.


About Rev. Paul L. Beisel

Graduate of Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, IN in 2001 (M Div.) and 2004 (S.T.M.); LC-MS Pastor and Adjunct Instructor for John Wood Community College; Husband of Amy and father of Susan, Elizabeth, Martin, and Theodore.
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One Response to Hymn at Evening Prayer for Quasimodo Geniti

  1. Mike Baker says:

    I love the Brotherhood Prayer Book.

    I have taken it on so many field training exerices that the binding is a little worse for wear. I don’t think the LLBP ever anticipated that the book would need to survive transport in a ruck sack.

    I use it here in Iraq for daily devotions. The local RCs are convinced that I’m just too piously Roman to not be a papist. The “which rite are you?” question is getting a little old. 😛

    When the chaplaincy did not see the value in conducting a Protestant Ash Wednesday Service, the laity got together and put one on anyway. We used the LSB for a service order. We did a congregational hymn from the organ and I chanted three Lenten Hymns from the Brotherhood Prayer Book using my favorite tone: “O God of Truth, O Lord of Might”. What a service!

    The Te Deum for the Order of Vigils is fantastic. It is my favorite arrangement of that hymn so far.

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