In memoriam abbatum nostrorum‘In memory of our abbots’
verse beg. Sancta sanctorum opera

  • Latin
  • verse
Latin hymn (50 lines) in honour of the first fifteen abbots of Bennchor (Bangor, Co. Down), which is attested as the final liturgical piece in the late 7th-century Antiphonary of Bangor. Each line of the middle four stanzas begin with a letter that follows the order of the alphabet.
First words (verse)
  • Sancta sanctorum opera
  • Latin
Origin: Ireland
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Bennchor [Bangor]
Bennchor ... Bangor
County Down
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verse (primary)
  • iambic dimeter
Number of lines



Comgall of BangorComgall of Bangor
(d. 601/602)
Comgall mac Sétnai, Comgall moccu Araidi
Comgall (mac Sétnai) moccu Araidi, patron saint of Bangor
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Crónán [abbot of Bangor]Crónán ... abbot of Bangor
(fl. 680–691)
abbot of Bangor (680-691); moccu Chualne (AU), maccu Caulne (AT).
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Primary sources Text editions and/or modern translations – in whole or in part – along with publications containing additions and corrections, if known. Diplomatic editions, facsimiles and digital image reproductions of the manuscripts are not always listed here but may be found in entries for the relevant manuscripts. For historical purposes, early editions, transcriptions and translations are not excluded, even if their reliability does not meet modern standards.

[ed.] Warren, Frederick E. [ed.], and W. Griggs, The antiphonary of Bangor: an early Irish manuscript in the Ambrosian Library at Milan, 2 vols, Henry Bradshaw Society, 4, 10, London: Harrison, 1893–1895.
Internet Archive – part II: <link>, <link> Internet Archive – part II (some pages missing, e.g. pp. 5, 13): <link>
Vol. 2, 33 (text); 81–82 (textual notes) [id. 129.]
[tr.] Reeves, William, “The Antiphonary of Bangor”, Ulster Journal of Archaeology (first series) 1 (1853): 168–179.
Dennis Groenewegen
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