Hail Thee, Festival Day!

Author: Venantius Honorius Clementianus Fortunatus

Fortunatus, Venantius Honorius Clementianus, was born at Ceneda, near Treviso, about 530. At an early age he was converted to Christianity at Aquileia. Whilst a student at Ravenna he became almost blind, and recovered his sight, as he believed miraculously, by anointing his eyes with some oil taken from a lamp that burned before the altar of St. Martin of Tours, in a church in that town. His recovery induced him to make a pilgrimage to the shrine of St. Martin, at Tours, in 565, and that pilgrimage resulted in his spending the rest of his life in Gaul. At Poitiers he formed a romantic, though purely platonic, attachment for Queen Rhadegunda, the daughter of Bertharius, king of the Thuringians, and the wife, though separated from him, of Lot… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Christ, who was nailed to the cross
Title: Hail Thee, Festival Day!
Latin Title: Salve, feste dies
Author: Venantius Honorius Clementianus Fortunatus
Meter: with refrain
Source: Lutheran Book of Worship, 1978, trans. from
Language: English
Refrain First Line: Hail three, festival day!
Publication Date: 1990
Copyright: Translation copyright © 1978 Lutheran Book of Worship. Used by permission of Augsburg Fortress.


SALVE FESTA DIES (Vaughan Williams)

Ralph Vaughan Williams (PHH 316) composed SALVE FESTA DIES as a setting for Venantius H. Fortunatus's (PHH 400) famous text "Hail Thee, Festival Day." The tune, whose title comes from the opening words of that text, was published in The English Hymnal of 1906. Like SINE NOMINE (505), this tune is vi…

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