Audi benigne Conditor
O kind Creator, bow Thine ear
Author: Pope St. Gregory the Great (540-604)
Meter: Iambic dimeter.
Translation by T. A. Lacey.
There are twenty-two translations, eight of which are in the Annus Sanctus.
Liturgical Use: Vespers hymn on Sundays and week-days during Lent.
Read the article on Lent, in the Cath. Encycl.
- Audi benigne Conditor
Nostras preces cum fletibus,
In hoc sacro jejunio
- Scrutator alme cordium,
Infirma tu scis virium;
Ad te reversis exhibe
- Multum quidem peccavimus,
Sed parce confitentibus:
Ad nominis laude tui
Confer medelam languidis.
- Concede nostrum conteri
Corpus per abstinentiam;
Culpæ ut relinquant pabulum
Jejuna corda criminum.
- Præsta beata Trinitas,
Concede simplex Unitas:
Ut fructuosa sint tuis
Jejuniorum munera. Amen.
- O king Creator, bow Thine ear
To mark the cry, to know the tear
Before Thy throne of mercy spent
In this Thy holy fast of Lent.
- Our hearts are open, Lord, to Thee:
Thou knowest our infirmity;
Pour out on all who seek Thy face
Abundance of Thy pardoning grace.
- Our sins are many, this we know;
Spare us, good Lord, Thy mercy show;
And for the honor of Thy name
Our fainting souls to life reclaim.
- Give us the self-control that springs
From discipline of outward things,
That fasting inward secretly
The soul may purely dwell with Thee.
- We pray Thee, Holy Trinity,
One God, unchanging Unity,
That we from this our abstinence
May reap the fruits of penitence.
- “Hear, O loving Creator, our prayers poured forth
with our tears, in this sacred forty-day fast.” Constr.:
Audi preces cum fletibus fusas in hoc, etc.
- “Loving searcher of hearts, Thou knowest the weekness
of our strength: grant us who have turned again to
Thee, the grace of pardon.” Infirma (orum) virium =
- “Much, indeed, have we sinned, but spare us confessing
our misdeeds: for the glory of Thy Name, grant a
remedy to the weak.”
- “Grant that through the abstinence our bodies may be
brought into subjection, so that our hearts being free from
sin may abandon the food of sin.” Jejuna, lit., fasting,
not partaking of food; it is here followed by the genitive
- “Grant, O blessed Trinity and simple Unity, that the
rewards of fasting may be profitable to Thy servants.”
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