Thursday, March 12, 2009

Te Deum - In English


Here is the Te Deum in translation. The final versicle and response never fail to bring to mind the frailness of man compared with the omnipotence of God.

We praise you, O God,
we acknowledge you to be the Lord.
You, the Father everlasting,
all the earth does worship.
To you all angels,
to you the heavens, and all the powers,
to you the cherubim and seraphim
cry out without ceasing:
Holy, holy, holy,
Lord God of hosts.
Full are the heavens
and earth of the majesty of your glory.
You, the glorious
choir of the apostles,
You, the admirable
company of the prophets,
You the whiterobed army
of martyrs do praise.
You, the holy Church
throughout all the world confess:
The Father
of an incomprehensible majesty;
Your adorable, true,
and only Son;
And the Holy Spirit
the Paraclete.
You, O Christ
are the King of glory.
You are the everlasting
Son of the Father.
Having taken upon yourself to deliver man,
you did not disdain the Virgin's womb.
Having overcome the sting of death,
you have opened to believers
the kingdom of heaven.
You sit at the right hand of God,
in the glory of the Father.
You, we believe,
are the Judge to come.
We beseech you, therefore, to help your servants
whom you have redeemed
with your precious blood.
Make them to be numbered with your saints
in glory everlasting.
O Lord, save your people : and bless your
inheritance.
And govern them,
and exalt them for ever.
Day by day
we bless you.
And we praise your name forever;
yes, for ever and ever.
Vouchsafe, O Lord, this day,
to keep us without sin.
Have mercy on us, O Lord;
have mercy on us.
Let your mercy, O Lord, be upon us;
as we have trusted in you.
In you, O Lord, have I trusted :
let me never be confounded for ever.
V. Blessed are you, O Lord, the God of our fathers.
R. And worthy to be praised, and glorified for ever.
V. Let us bless the Father, and the Son, with the Holy Spirit.
R. Let us praise and exalt him for ever.
V. Blessed are you, O Lord, in the firmament of heaven.
R. And worthy of praise, and glorious, and
exalted above all for ever.
V. Bless the Lord, O my soul.
R. And forget not all his benefits.
V. O Lord, hear my prayer.
R. And let my cry come to you.

Image:
Botticini's "The Assumption of the Virgin" (with choirs of angels), from Wikimedia Commons. In the public domain.

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