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Passion Hymns
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[German Version]

The German passion hymn had its root in the Tenebrae services of Passion Week, which concluded with the hymn “Rex Christe factor omnium.” This hymn became a processional hymn in the 12th/13th century, a development that encouraged the addition of responds. In the 14th century, a Bohemian or Austrian poet provided the German respond “Ehre sei dir Christe” – in Latin, “Laus tibi Christe.” Starting in the 13th century, individual verses were translated repeatedly, and in the second half of 14th century there appeared a substantial poem on the theme of Christ’s passion, attr…

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Reymaier, Erich Konstantin, “Passion Hymns”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 26 January 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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