Saturday, December 31, 2011

Te Deum

We praise thee,
    O God :
we acknowledge thee
    to be the Lord.
All the earth
    doth worship thee :
the Father
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 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 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 :
    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.

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The Te Deum (also known as Ambrosian Hymn or A Song of the Church) is an early Christian hymn of praise. A plenary indulgence is granted, under the usual conditions, to those who recite it in public on New Year's Eve.

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