May

27

2012

Trevin Wax|3:59 am CT

Te Deum

One of my all-time favorite prayers! This one just overflows with praise…

You are God: we praise You;
You are the Lord: we acclaim You;
You are the eternal Father:
All creation worships you.
To You all angels, all the powers of heaven,
Cherubim and Seraphim, sing in endless praise:
Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might,
heaven and earth are full of your glory.
The glorious company of apostles praise You.
The noble fellowship of prophets praise You.
The white-robed army of martyrs praise You.
Throughout the world the holy Church acclaims You;
Father, of majesty unbounded,
and Your true and only Son, worthy of all worship,
and the Holy Spirit, advocate and guide.
You, Christ, are the King of glory,
the eternal Son of the Father.
When You became man to set us free
You did not shun the Virgin’s womb.
You overcame the sting of death
and opened the Kingdom of Heaven to all believers.
You are seated at God’s right hand in glory.
We believe that You will come and be our judge.
Come then, Lord, and help Your people,
bought with the price of Your own blood,
and bring us with your saints
to glory everlasting.

- from The Book of Common Prayer

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One Comment

  1. This is also one of my favorites. The Te Deum has a long history of being set to music. Dvorak and Mendelssohn, I think, stand out among history’s composers for their settings, Dvorak for his joyful triumphant setting and Mendelssohn for his more contemplative tone. Among contemporary composers, Arvo Part and James Macmillan have both done amazing settings for the Te Deum. Part’s is lengthy and full of meditative contrasts, while Macmillan’s is more electrifyingly dissonant, I think, and full of an awareness of sin.

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