Monday, 31 December 2018

Te Deum

It is a pious custom for Holy Mother Church to sing the hymn Te Deum at the conclusion of the calendar year. A hymn of thanksgiving, praise, and petition to God, it has been and continues to be used throughout the Church for several occasions, liturgically-based or otherwise. Although its origin is disputed, its earliest composition is believed to be in the late 4th century AD.

We praise thee, O God: we acknowledge Thee to be the Lord. 
All the earth doth worship Thee, the Father everlasting. 
To Thee all 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 the Apostles praise Thee. 
The godly 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 honourable, 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 right hand of God in the 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 we worship Thy Name, ever world without end. 
Vouchsafe, O Lord, to keep us this day without sin. 
O Lord, 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 never be confounded.

On this last day of the calendar year, let us thank God for the good - and bad - times this year has given us, for they were all opportunities to further our relationship with Him. 


Barona said...

God bless all readers and visitors. we, at Toronto Catholic Witness, pray that every reader and visitor come to the knowledge of Our Lord Jesus Christ, and His Church.

Everyday For Life Canada said...

Amen. Amen. Amen.