Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Trinity Sunday Pt. I

The Te Deum is one of the Church's great hymns of praise to the Holy Trinity. This version is sung by the Monks of La Grande Chartreuse in France (the head monastery of the Carthusian Order). The Te Deum is said to have been chanted by St Ambrosius and St Augustine. It is part of the midnight prayers, the vigil, and is chanted at night before Sundays and feast days. This one is chanted in the darkness by candlelight. Very beautiful.

The English translation of the Latin is below.

I remember loving singing this as a child chorister at Trinity Church, Columbia. The phrase "thine adorable, true and only Son" might have been my favorite line...somehow I don't think adorable meant what I thought it meant. Jesus is pretty adorable though - in both senses.

Te Deum laudamus - We Praise Thee O God

We praise thee, O God, we acknowledge thee to be the Lord. All the earth doth worship thee the Father everlasting.To thee all the angels cry aloud the heavens and all the powers therein.To thee cherubim and seraphim continually do cry Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God of Sabaoth; heaven and earth are full of the majesty of thy glory. The glorious company of apostles praise thee.The goodly fellowship of the prophets praise thee. The noble army of martyrs praise thee. The Holy Church throughout all the world doth acknowledge thee; the father of an infinite majesty;thine adorable true and only Son; also the Holy Ghost the comforter. Thou art the King of Glory, O Christ. Thou art the everlasting Son of the Father.When thou tookest upon thee to deliver man, thou didst not abhor the Virgin's womb. When thou hadst overcome the sharpness of death, thou didst open the kingdom of heaven to all believers. Thou sittest at the hand of God in glory of the Father. We believe that Thou shalt come to be our Judge. We therefore pray thee, help thy servants, whom thou hast redeemed with thy precious blood. Make them to be numbered with thy saints in glory everlasting.

O Lord save thy people and bless thine heritage.Govern them and lift them up for ever.Day by day we magnify thee;and worship thy name, ever world without end. Vouchsafe, O Lord to keep us this day without sin. O Lord, have mercy upon us, have mercy upon us.O Lord, let thy mercy lighten upon us, as our trust is in thee. O Lord in thee have I trusted let me not be confounded.

English Translation - Wikipedia

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