Quicumque Christum Quaeritis

views updated


Office hymn that was historically prescribed for vespers and matins on the feast of the transfiguration. The text of this hymn is taken from the 12th poem of the Cathemerinon, "Hymnus Epiphaniae," by prudentius (348c. 405). It is written in iambic dimeter and urges those who seek Christ to raise their eyes on high and to hear and believe Him who is God, the King of the Nations and of the Jews.

Bibliography: Corpus scriptorum ecclesiasticorum latinorum 61, Liber Cathemerinon text. j. connelly, ed. and tr., Hymns of the the Roman Liturgy (Westminster, Md. 1957), tr. and commentary. h. leclercq, Dictionnaire d'archéologie chrétienne et de liturgie, ed. f. cabrol, h. leclercq, and h. i. marrou (Paris 190753) 6.2:290128. f. j. e. raby, A History of Christian-Latin Poetry from the Beginnings to the Close of the Middle Ages (Oxford 1953) 4449. j. julian, ed., A Dictionary of Hymnology (New York 1957), s.v. Quicumque.

[m. a. malone]