"can be put beside that mournful and majestic processional song, the Vexilla Regis of Venantius Fortunatus."

A Latin hymn by the Christian poet Venantius Fortunatus, Bishop of Poitiers. It takes its title from the opening line:

Vexilla regis prodeunt,
fulget crucis mysterium,
quo carne carnis conditor
suspensus est patibulo.
"The standards of the King are raised,
the mystery of the Cross shines,
on which the creator of flesh was hung
in the flesh upon the gibbet."

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