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Rector potens, verax Deus
O God of Truth, O Lord of Might
Hymni

Attributed to St. Ambrose, this hymn is for the office of Sext (noon-time prayer).

RECTOR potens, verax Deus,
qui temperas rerum vices,
splendore mane instruis
et ignibus meridiem,
O GOD of truth, O Lord of might,
Who orderest time and change aright,
and sendest the early morning ray,
and lightest the glow of perfect day.
Extingue flammas litium,
aufer calorem noxium,
confer salutem corporum
veramque pacem cordium.
Extinguish Thou each sinful fire,
and banish every ill desire:
and while Thou keepest the body whole
shed forth Thy peace upon the soul.
Praesta, Pater piissime,
Patrique compar Unice,
cum Spiritu Paraclito
regnans per omne saeculum. Amen.
Almighty Father, hear our cry
through Jesus Christ, Our Lord most High
Who, with the Holy Ghost and Thee,
doth live and reign eternally. Amen.

From the Liturgia Horarum, Translation by J. M. Neale (1818-1866).



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