Abecedarian hymn

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For other uses, see Abecedarian (disambiguation).

An abecedarian hymn is a hymn that begins with the letter A, and each verse or clause following begins with the next letter of the alphabet.[1]

The abecedarian hymn Altus Prosator is used on All Saints Day.[2] Other such hymns include A patre unigenitus,[3] Carmen paschale[4] and Archangelum mirum magnum.[5]


  1. ^ Brewer, E. Cobham (1894). The Dictionary of Phrase and Fable (1978 ed.). Edwinstowe, England: Avenel Books. p. 3. ISBN 0-517-25921-4. 
  2. ^ "Celtic Breviary Vol 3". Retrieved 2008-10-30. 
  3. ^ The Latin Hymn-writers and Their Hymns. Retrieved 2008-10-30. 
  4. ^ "Irish Music from the 6th to the 9th Century". Archived from the original on 26 October 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-30. 
  5. ^ Céli Dé in Ireland. Retrieved 2008-10-30. 

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