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Memento, rerum Conditor

Remember, O Creator Lord

The Hymns of the Breviary and Missal

  1. Memento, rerum Conditor,
    Nostri quod olim corporis,
    Sacrata ab alvo Virginis
    Nascendo formam sumpseris.
  2. Maria Mater gratiæ,
    Dulcis Parens clementiæ,
    Tu nos ab hoste protege,
    Et mortis hora suscipe.
  3. Jesu tibi sit gloria,
    Qui natus es de Virgine,
    Cum Patre, et almo Spiritu
    In sempiterna sæcula.
  1. Remember, O Creator Lord,
    That in the Virgin’s sacred womb
    Thou wast conceived, and of her flesh
    Didst our mortality assume.
  2. Mother of grace, O Mary blest,
    To thee, sweet fount of love, we fly;
    Shield us through life, and take us hence
    To thy dear bosom when we die.
  3. O Jesu, born of Virgin bright,
    Immortal glory be to Thee;
    Praise to the Father infinite,
    And Holy Ghost eternally.
This hymn is from the Little Office of the Blessed Virgin. The first stanza is from Hymn 38; the second is a continuation of the two preceding hymns. Meter: Iambic dimeter. Translation by Father Caswall.
  1. “Remember, O Creator of the world, that Thou didst once assume the form of our body, by being born of the sacred womb of a Virgin.”
  2. “Mary, Mother of grace, sweet Mother of mercy, protect us from the enemy, and receive us in the hour of death.”