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Domine Jesu Christe

Discussion in 'Music' started by Lain, Nov 26, 2021.

  1. Lain

    Lain Well-Known Member

    Oct 5, 2021

    From the Mass of the Dead, English lyrics:

    Lord Jesus Christ, King of glory,
    deliver the souls of all the faithful departed
    from punishments of hell,
    and from the deep lake.

    Deliver them from the mouth of the lion,
    may the abyss not swallow them up,
    may they not fall into darkness.

    But may the holy standard-bearer Michael
    lead them to that holy light
    which of old Thou didst promise Abraham
    and his seed.

    Sacrifices and prayers to Thee,
    O Lord, we offer with praise.
    O receive them for the souls of those
    whom today we commemorate.

    Make them, O Lord,
    to pass from death to life,
    which of old Thou didst promise Abraham
    and his seed.

    It is said that as people get older they become more aware of their own mortality, although I am in my early 20s it's happening to me more and more. Pretty cool. Soon I think I shall randomly attend a public funeral or a wake to think more about this sphere of existence.

    Sirach says: "A gift hath grace in the sight of all the living, and restrain not grace from the dead. Be not wanting in comforting them that weep, and walk with them that mourn. Be not slow to visit the sick: for by these things thou shalt be confirmed in love. In all thy works remember thy last end [your death], and thou shalt never sin."

    The Preacher also said: "It is better to go to the house of mourning, than to the house of feasting: for in that we are put in mind of the end of all, and the living thinketh what is to come. The heart of the wise is where there is mourning, and the heart of fools where there is mirth."

    I've never been to a funeral or whatnot, so I think it'll be a good experience to witness and pray for the dead.
    #1 Lain, Nov 26, 2021
    Last edited: Nov 26, 2021
  2. exchemist

    exchemist Veteran Member

    Apr 24, 2018
    RC (culturally at least)
    Here is another version, from Fauré, so very c.19th:

    I heard this sung a week ago by a chamber choir I used to sing with, accompanied by a string quintet. Very different from the version here but it works surprisingly well, with a certain clarity that you tend to get with small forces. Quite moving, actually.
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