Creator of the Circling Sky
This hymn was written by St. Robert Bellarmine (1542-1621) and is the hymn for Lauds for the feast of the Guardian Angels on October 2.
| ORBIS patrator optime
qui, quidquid est, potentia
magna creasti, nec regis
| CREATOR of the circling sky,
Who madest all by power most high,
Thy Providence will never cease
to rule Thy works in might and peace.
| ADESTO supplicantium
tibi reorum coetui,
lucisque sub crepusculum
lucem novam da mentibus.
| BE present when we cry to Thee,
a sinful people though we be;
and as the day-dawn grows apace,
illume our minds with light of grace.
| TUUSQUE nobis Angelus,
signatus ad custodiam,
hic adsit, a contagio
qui criminum nos protegat.
| O SEND Thine Angel thitherward
assigned by Thee to be our guard,
that now his presence may begin
to keep us from all stain of sin.
| SERPENTIS nobis aemuli
ne rete fraudulentiae
incauta nectat pectora.
| LET him destroy that hidden snare
the eager serpent doth prepare,
lest we be taken in the net
before our heedless bosoms set.
| METUM repellat hostium
nostris procul de finibus:
pacem procuret civium,
| AT his command let every fear
of hostile foemen disappear;
let civil strife give way to peace,
and pestilence and famine cease.
| DEO Patri sit gloria,
qui, quos redemit Filius,
et Sanctus unxit Spiritus,
per Angelos custodiat. Amen.
| TO God the Father glory be;
for those the Savior setteth free,
anointed by the Holy Ghost,
are guarded by the Angel host. Amen.
From the Liturgy of the Hours. Translation by Neale?