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CHRISTUS VINCIT
ALCUIN AND THE CAROLINGIAN RENAISSANCE
A TEACHING RESOURCE 6

This is an Acclamation or Laudes Regiae from entrance of an Emperor, and it would seem that the
Charlemagnes Psalter. Acclamations were an Ancient tradition continued with the coronation of the Holy
Roman tradition; people would shout out particular Roman Emperor. These acclamations repeat the
words or phrases to acknowledge someone or words Christus vincit, Christus regnat, Christus
something (rather like today people might shout imperar and call upon the saints to help the Emperor.
three cheers to praise someone, or say hear, hear Acclamations are usually very long this is a
when they agree with what a speaker is saying). In shortened version!
Ancient Rome, Acclamations were shouted at the
Latin text Translation (by Stephen Ridd)
Christus vincit, Christus regnat, Christus imperat Christ is victorious, Christ is the King, Christ rules
Exaude Christe Hear us, O Christ.
Leo summon pontifici et universali papae vita To Leo, high priest and universal Pope, grant life.

Salvato mundi Tu illum adjuva Saviour of the world You help him
Sancte Petre Tu illum adjuva Saint Peter You help him
Sancte Paule Tu illum adjuva Saint Paul You help him
Sancte Andrea Tu illum adjuva Saint Andrew You help him
Sancte Clemens Tu illum adjuva Saint Clemens You help him
Sancte Xyste Tu illum adjuva Saint Xystus You help him

Christus vincit, Christus regnat, Christus imperat Christ is victorious, Christ is the King, Christ rules.
Exaude Christe Hear us, O Christ.
Carolo excellentissimo et a Deo coronata atque To the most excellent Charles, crowned by God, the great
magno et pacifico regi Francorum et Langobardorum and peaceful king of the Franks and the Lombards and
ac patricio Romanorum vita et victoria. patron of the Romans, grant life and victory.

Redempto mundi Tu illum adjuva Redeemer of the world You help him
Sancta Maria Tu illum adjuva Saint Mary You help him
Sancte Michael Tu illum adjuva Saint Michael You help him
Sancte Gabriel Tu illum adjuva Saint Gabriel You help him
Sancte Raphael Tu illum adjuva Saint Raphael You help him
Sancte Stephane Tu illum adjuva Saint Stephen You help him

Christus vincit, Christus regnat, Christus imperat Christ is victorious, Christ is the King, Christ rules

Rex regum Christus vincit King of kings Christ is victorious


Rex noster Christus regnat Our King Christ is King
Spes nostra Christus imperat Our hope Christ rules
Gloria nostra Our glory Christ is victorious
Misericordia nostra Our mercy Christ is King
Auxilium nostrum Our help Christ rules

Lux, via et vita nostra Our light, our way and our life.
Christus vincit, Christus regnat, Christus imperat Christ is victorious, Christ is the King, Christ rules

Ipsi soli honor, laus et jubilation per infinita saecula To him alone be honour, glory and rejoicing through the
saeculorum. Amen timeless centuries of the centuries. Amen

Kyrie eleison Lord, have mercy


Felicitur A happy life
Tempora bona habeas May you have good times
Multos annos. Amen. For many years to come. Amen

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