One of the oldest Hymns to Sts. Peter and Paul is the Aurea Luce, it is based upon the poem of Elpis, wife? of the philosopher Boethius. She died around 493. This hymn was revised under Pope Urban VIII in 1632, to become the Decora lux, as found in the Liber Usualis. Verses 1,2,5,& 6 are sung on the Feast of St. Peter and Paul (June 29). Verses 3 & 6 are sung on the Feast the Chair of St. Peter at Antioch (Feb. 22). Verses 4 & 6, are sung on the Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul. (Jan. 25).
- Aurea Luce, Dominican music and Dominican text.
- Aurea Luce, Dominican music with later text for verse 5.
- Aurea Luce, Roman music and original text.
- Aurea Luce, Roman music with later text for verse 5.
- Aurea Luce, Roman music (Alter Tonus) and original text.
- Aurea Luce, Roman music (Alter Tonus) with later text for verse 5.
Verse 5 was originally,
Olívæ binæ pietátis únicæ, Fide devótos, spe robústos máxime,
Fonte replétos caritátis géminæ Post mortem carnis impetráte vívere.
This was later replaced by a verse from the Felix per Omnes, suitably modified to fit the different meter.
O Roma felix, quæ tantórum Príncipum Es purpuráta pretióso sánguine,
Non laude tua, sed ipsórum méritis Excéllis omnem mundi pulchritúdinem.
The Second of our Hymns to Sts. Peter and Paul is the Felix per omnes, this hymns is based on our first hymn and is possibly written by Paulinus of Aquileia c. AD 730-802.
- Felix per omnes, Roman melody
- Felix per omnes,
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