TLL280 Hymns of the Roman Breviary and Liturgy of the Hours
Father Thomas Buffer, STD
Wednesdays, 7pm to 8pm Eastern Time (US)
The course will meet on the following dates:
September 22, 29.
October 6, 13, 20, 27
November 3, 10, 17
NO CLASS November 24
The goal of the course is to help students achieve a deep comprehension of the most well-known hymns of the breviary/liturgy of the hours through guided exercises in translation from Latin to English. Participants will also explore the history, authorship, revisions, and theology of these compositions. The unique characteristics of Christian Latin poetry and hymnody (vocabulary, grammar, meter, rhyme) will be discussed and analyzed.
1. Introduction. What is a Christian Hymn? The beginnings of Christian hymnody in Greek and Latin. Hilary of Poitiers. Lucis Largitor splendide.
2. Ambrose of Milan. How Christian Latin liturgical hymns originated and were institutionalized. Aeterne rerum Conditor. Splendor paternae gloriae. Intende qui regis Israel.
3. Aurelius Prudentius Clemens (Prudentius). “The first great Christian poet.” Ales diei nuntius. Nox et tenebrae et nubila. Sol ecce surgit igneus. Corde natus ex parentis.
4. Venantius Fortunatus. Vexilla regis prodeunt. Pange, lingua, gloriosi.
5. The Carolingian Renaissance. Alcuin. Luminis fons, lux et origo lucis. Paul the Deacon. Ut queant laxis. Paulinus of Aquileia. O Roma felix. Theodulf of Orleans. Rabanus Maurus. Veni Creator Spiritus.
6. On meter and modifications. Meters of classical Latin poetry. Gradual change in Christian Latin hymnody from quantitative to accentual meter. Trochaic tetrameter. Iambic dimeter. Hiatus. Rhyme. Humanist efforts to “reform” Christian Latin poetry.
Latin hymns of the Renaissance. Reform of the hymns of the Breviarium Romanum under Urban VIII.
7. The Second Vatican Council and the hymns of the Liturgy of the Hours. Sacrosanctum Concilium, the Concilium ad exsequendam Constitutionem de sacra liturgia, the new hymnary of the Liturgy of the Hours (1970).
8. Vetera et Nova. Ancient and medieval hymns not in the Breviarum Romanum that were brought into the Liturgia Horarum. Peractis horis undecim. More recent compositions: Pope Leo XIII. O lux beata caelitum. Pietro Piacenza (d. 1919). Vittorio Genovesi (d. 1967) Te saeculorum principem. Evaristo d’Anversa (d. 1968). Biagio Verghetti (d. 1945). Anselmo Lentini.
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