Rex Christe omnes (Michael Praetorius)

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Editor: Ross Jallo (submitted 2013-04-19).   Score information: Letter, 13 pages, 169 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Transposed up a whole step; note values halved in proportio tripla sections; editorial accidentals and slurs added. Praetorius included several versions of the text, suitable for Eastertide, Ascensiontide, Pentecost, and general use. I have used the Easter text; other versions are available upon request.

General Information

Title: Rex Christe omnes
Composer: Michael Praetorius
Lyricist: Lucas Lossiuscreate page

Number of voices: 6vv   Voicing: SSATBB
Genre: SacredMotet

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1611 in Eulogodia Sionia, no. 58
Description: This antiphon for Compline is a Lutheran contrafactum of Regina caeli.

Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

Rex Christe omnes in te laetamur: Halleluja.
Quia quam pertulisti pro nobis mortem: Halleluja.
Resurgendo devicisti, Halleluja.
Serva nos a peccatis.
Ave Domine Fili Dei unigenite, qui natus es de virgine.
Quoniam te decet laus et honor, Rex Christe, qui caput es Ecclesiae.
Fac nos tecum resurgere: Halleluja.

English.png English translation

King Christ, all rejoice in thee: alleluia.
For thou hast suffered death for us: alleluia.
In rising, thou hast conquered, alleluia.
Save us from our sins.
Hail, Lord, only-begotten Son of God, who art born of a virgin.
For laud and honor befit thee, King Christ, who art the Church's head.
Make us to rise with thee: alleluia.