Notker Balbulus

The Hymnbook
The Common of the Saints

For Apostles

[N.39] "Clare sanctorum senatus"



O radiant Senate of the Holy Apostles, prince of the earth’s sphere and ruler of kingdoms: Govern thou the life and morals of the churches, which through thy teaching are faithful allwhere!

Antiochus and Romus cede to thee, o Peter, the seat of the kingdom.

Thou, o Paul, didst break open Alexander’s tyranny upon Greece.

The bristling Ethiop, o Matthew, didst thou clad in the shining wool of the Lamb that knoweth not any stain.

O Thomas, Bartholomew, John, Philip, Simon and the two James, Andrew, Thaddaeus, renowned warriors of God, look ye, east and west, indeed the world’s smooth round, rejoiceth to have thee as its senators and looketh to thee as its judges!

And thus, as suppliant, the whole world bestows on you praise and the honour that is due to saints.


Richard L. Hewitt
Notker's Hymnbook in Three Languages

Kamuzu Academy, Malawi
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