Ferenc Farkas

Hymnus ad Sanctum Emericum

for 4-part mixed choir

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Composed: 1977
Text: in Latin
Durata: 2'50''
Publication: Kontrapunkt Music



This hymn was written in 1977 to the glory of St Emeric. This great prince was the son of Saint Stephen, the first Christian king of Hungary. He showed, from his earliest years, an extraordinary piety:

"When the officers were asleep, he got up to pray and recite the Psalter, and he produced an act of contrition at the end of each psalm. The king, his father, who is informed of everything, saw in these deeds good omens that the prince would be worthy to rule over his subjects".

He didn't ascend the throne, he died in 1031, seven years before his father.

O light of purity, brighter than the sun, 
O flower of virginity, more resplendent than snow. 
From your nascent homeland you are the sparkling clarity, 
St Emeric, lead us, your weak people! 
Be our prince; we consider you 
The miracle of our life, our mirror. 
Betrothed of the angels, immaculate, 
Whatever the earthly life full of mud. 
You, who are brighter than the stars in the sky, 
You adhere to the lamb which you follow. 
O brilliant ray of light, more dazzling than the sun, 
St Emeric, lead us, your weak people!