Caelestis Aulae Nuntius

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A hymn formerly prescribed for the feast of the Holy Rosary. It comprises five strophes in iambic dimeter, and was composed apparently by the Dominican, E. Sirena (d. 1796), although others attribute it to his confrere, A. Ricchini (d. 1779). This hymn was first inserted in the Dominican Breviary in 1834. It was later adopted in the Roman Breviary in 1888.

Bibliography: a. mirra, Gl'inni del breviario romano (Naples, 1947). j. connelly, ed. and tr., Hymns of the Roman Liturgy (Westminster, Md. 1957).

[j. j. gavigan]