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God hid amidst Thine own

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Dom Benedict and I translated from the Latin this Matins hymn from the Office of Reparation given in the Mectildian Propers of the Benedictine breviary. The Office of Reparation is celebrated on the first Thursday of every month.

Hymn at Matins of the Office of Reparation
Nunc te flebilibus

[Anonymous, 17th c.--"What is there that I ought to do more to my vineyard, that I have not done to it? was it that I looked that it should bring forth grapes, and it hath brought forth wild grapes?"--Isaias 5]

1. O thou who art our Joy, our tender Grace and Rest,
God hid amidst thine own, the end of all our quest,
Thou Bread and Cup of Saints, receive our psalms and tears,
O hidden God, O silent Word.

2. Alas! while heaven outpours true Manna, living Bread,
The hearts of men grow cold, in shades amidst the dead,
No gratefulness, no praise to welcome thy descent,
O God, forsaken by thine own!

3. Ah! hath he so deserved? Hath he not given thee,
O thou his Vineyard dear, his love most tenderly?
For clustered grapes he looks, and lo! a tangle wild
Of bitter leaves and wood he finds!

4. Blasphemers circle 'round, with fangs of hatred bared,
To pierce with cruel words the Lamb in thorns ensnared,
Betrayed and sold again, his Passion still unfolds
In sacrilege and treachery.

5. Upon thine altars shine, O long desiréd King,
With radiance all divine and healing in thy wings;
O everlasting Love, reveal thy hidden Face,
That men may own thee, and adore.

6. Zeal for thy House profaned by men so wantonly,
Consumes our heart and soul, O gracious Trinity;
Open to us that House ne'er stained by evil's blight,
Where Saints with thee abide in light. Amen.


Te Deum Laudamus

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We were feeling the need for a more rhythmic and chant-worthy rendering of the Te Deum in English. Certain emphatic repetitions were deemed necessary. This is our text as it now stands:

Thee God do we praise, * Thee Lord do we confess.

Thee, O Father Everlasting, * all the world doth hold in awe.

To Thee all the Angels, * Thee the Heavens and all the celestial Powers,

To Thee Cherubim and Seraphim, * proclaim with ceaseless voice:

Holy!

Holy!

Holy! * Lord God of Sabaoth!

Full the heavens and full the earth * of the Majesty of Thy glory.

Thine the praise * of the glorious choir of the Apostles,

Thine the praise * of the Prophets' worthy throng.

Thine the praise * of the Martys' shining army.

To Thee goeth up the praise of Holy Church * from every place in this round world:

To Thee, O Father * of immeasurable Majesty;

To Thine only Son, * adorable and true;

And to the Holy Ghost, * our Advocate and Comforter.

Thou, O Christ, * art the King of glory!

Thou, O Christ * art the Father's ageless Son.

Thou, to bear mankind upon thy shoulders, * the Virgin's womb didst not disdain.

Thou, death's bitter sting didst vanquish; * to believers heaven's kingdom opening wide.

Thou sittest now at God's right hand, * in the glory of the Father.

Thou shalt come to be our Judge; * this we do believe.

We bid Thee help Thou, then, Thine own * whom with Thy precious Blood Thou hast redeemed.

Number Thou them among Thy saints * in glory everlasting.

Salvation for Thy people, O Lord, * and blessings upon Thine inheritance!

Be Thou their King * and raise them up forever.

Day by day, * shall we bless Thee.

And praise Thy Name forever, * yea, even unto the ages of ages,

Deign Thou, this day, O Lord, * to keep us safe from sin.

Mercy upon us, O Lord, * mercy upon us.

Upon us be Thy mercy, O Lord, * for upon Thee have we fixed our hope.

In Thee, O Lord, I have hoped; * let me not be put to shame in the age to come.

About Dom Mark

Dom Mark Daniel Kirby is Conventual Prior of Silverstream Priory in Stamullen, County Meath, Ireland. The ecclesial mandate of his Benedictine community is the adoration of the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar in a spirit of reparation, and in intercession for the sanctification of priests.

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