Feast of St. Venantius Honorius Clementius Fortunatus (December 14)   2 comments

Roman Catholic Bishop of Poitiers; died circa 600/609

Venantius Honorius Clementius Fortunatus was born in northern Italy circa 530.  Educated at Ravenna when it was a Byzantine city, he moved to Germany then Gaul in the middle 560s, hoping to become a poet at the Merovingian court.  He did not become a Merovingian court poet, but did remain in Gaul, becoming Bishop of Poitiers prior to 600.

Eleven books of his poetry survive.  Here is an English translation from book eleven:

4. Good Wine

Your devotion, your holy love, bring you what you ask

through prayer. But listen to me, you who are so generous to others;

we have something to say to you!

Fortunatus will strike up a tune, and Agnes will sing the verses:

“When you are not well, drink some good wine,

because the Lord, whom you love,

will look with favor on whatever you do.”

(We both plead, high-born mother,

that this demand not offend you,

and that you pardon us for our boldness.)

“Drink wine! Not for its taste on your tongue,

but because it is excellent indeed for your digestion.

Remember that Paul, trumpet to the pagans,

commanded Timothy: take a little wine for your stomach!”

Fortunatus wrote hymns, too.  These include “The Flaming Banners of Our King,” “Sing, O Tongue, the Glorious Struggle,” and various versions of “Hail Thee, Festival Day.”

KRT

Hail, Thee Festival Day

EASTER

Refrain

Hail thee, festival day!
Blessed day to be hallowed forever;
Day when our Lord was raised,
Breaking the kingdom of death.

Lo, the fair beauty of the earth,
From the death of the winter arising!
Every good gift of the year
Now with its Master returns.

Refrain

Rise from the grave now, O Lord,
The author of life and creation.
Treading the pathway of death,
New life You give to us all.

ASCENSION

Refrain

Hail thee, festival day!
Blessed day to be hallowed forever;
Day when our risen Lord
Rose in the heavens to reign.

He who was nailed to the cross
Is Ruler and Lord of all people.
All things created on earth
Sing to the glory of God.

Refrain

Daily the loveliness grows,
Adorned with glory of blossom;
Heaven her gates unbars,
Flinging her increase of light.

Refrain

PENTECOST

Refrain

Hail thee, festival day!
Blessed day to be hallowed forever;
Day when the Holy Ghost
Shone in the world full of grace.

Bright and in the likeness of fire,
On those who await your appearing,
You Whom the Lord had foretold
Suddenly, swiftly descend.

Refrain

Forth from the Father You come
With sevenfold mystical offering,
Pouring on all human souls
Infinite riches of God.

Refrain

ALL OCCASIONS

God the Almighty Lord,
The Ruler of earth and the heavens,
Guard us from harm without;
Cleanse us from evil within.

Jesus the health of the world,
Enlighten our minds, great Redeemer,
Son of the Father supreme,
Only begotten of God.

Spirit of life and of power,
Now flow in us, fount of our being,
Light that enlightens us all,
Life that in all may abide.

Praise to the giver of good!
O lover and author of concord,
Pour out your balm on our days;
Order our ways in your peace.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bsPFxjCZpSk

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Almighty God, beautiful in majesty, majestic in holiness: You have shown us the splendor of creation in the work of your servant Venantius Honorius Clementius Fortunatus.  Teach us to drive from the world all chaos and disorder, that our eyes may behold your glory, and that at last everyone may know the inexhaustible richness of your new creation in Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Isaiah 28:5-6 or Hosea 14:5-8 or 2 Chronicles 20:20-21

Psalm 96

Philippians 4:8-9 or Ephesians 5:18b-20

Matthew 13:44-52

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