Liturgical Music

When Lents have ceased

The 10th century text Nunc Tempus Acceptabile is based on the part of Paul's letter to the Corinthians which is read every Ash Wednesday (2 Corinthians 5:20 - 6:2).

As is common with Latin, the text is known by its first line Nunc tempus acceptabile. Here are the English lyrics:

Today is the accepted time.
Christ's healing light, the gift divine
shines forth to save the penitent
to wake the world by means of Lent.

The light of Christ will show the way
that leads to God's salvation day.
The rigor of this fasting mends
the hearts that hateful sinning rends.

Keep all our minds and bodies true
in sacrifice, O God, to You,
that we may join, when Lents have ceased,
the everlasting Pascal Feast.

Let all creation join to raise
most gracious Trinity, Your praise.
And when your love has made us new,
may we sing new songs, Lord, to you.


I'm still thinking about "when Lents have ceased".

Enjoy the text of Nunc Tempus Acceptabile sung here in Latin.

Nunc tempus acceptabile
Fulget datum divinitus,
Ut sanet orbem languidum
Medela parsimoniae.

Christi decoro lumine
Dies salutis emicat,
Dum corda culpis saucia
Reformat abstinentia.

Hanc mente nos et corpore,
Deus, tenere perfice,
Ut appetamus prospero
Perenne pascha transitu.

Te rerum universitas,
Clemens, adoret, Trinitas,
Et nos novi per veniam
Novum canamus canticum.


Let nothing be preferred to the Work of God – Rule of Benedict 43:3