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A Lent of Humility and Chant

February 17th, 2010, Promulgated by Gen

This Lent, Cleansing Fire will be examining various pieces of Gregorian Chant and (other sacred hymns of similar style) which focus on the themes of Lent and the Passion of Our Lord, namely penitence, fear of the Lord (piety), etc. We will start our series of musical reflections with this beautiful recording of the “Attende Domine,” “Hear Us, Lord.”

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IcM3huLM44k]

The words are below, in both English and Latin.

R. Attende Domine, et miserere, quia peccavimus tibi. R. Hearken, O Lord, and have mercy, for we have sinned against Thee.
Ad te Rex summe, omnium redemptor, oculos nostros sublevamus flentes: exaudi, Christe, supplicantum preces. R. Crying, we raise our eyes to Thee, Sovereign King, Redeemer of all. Listen, Christ, to the pleas of the supplicant sinners. R.
Dextera Patris, lapis angularis, via salutis, ianua caelestis, ablue nostri maculas delicti. R. Thou art at the Right Hand of God the Father, the Keystone, the Way of salvation and Gate of Heaven, cleanse the stains of our sins. R.
Rogamus, Deus, tuam maiestatem: auribus sacris gemitus exaudi: crimina nostra placidus indulge. R. O God, we beseech Thy majesty to hear our groans; to forgive our sins. R.
Tibi fatemur crimina admissa: contrito corde pandimus occulta: tua Redemptor, pietas ignoscat. R. We confess to Thee our consented sins; we declare our hidden sins with contrite heart; in Thy mercy, O Redeemer, forgive them. R.
Innocens captus, nec repugnans ductus, testibus falsis pro impiis damnatus: quos redemisti, tu conserva, Christe. R. Thou wert captured, being innocent; brought about without resistance, condemned by impious men with false witnesses. O Christ keep safe those whom Thou hast redeemed. R.

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