December 7, 2016
Guys, please just read today's readings (I wrote some excerpts out at the bottom). They are pure, distilled Good News. They are love letters to all of us who eagerly await His coming this Christmas. They are promises and answers to the question we all hope to get as Catholics: "Why are you/they so happy all the time?" They tell of the source our joy.
Today is the Memorial of St. Ambrose. He was humble, knowledgeable about his beliefs, and eager to glorify the God who is the cause for such good news. The famous hymn Te Deum was originally attributed to him, and brings me great memories from my times of praise and worship with Saint Paul's Outreach.
Here is the arrangement we used in our time of worship (and in Spanish and Dominican Sister Choral editions!). Here is a chant version of the hymn. I'll attach the text for the prayer below too. I guess what I'm saying is, I have fond memories of this hymn and these words resonating in my heart, and I hope you will too.
Praised be Jesus Christ.
We praise thee, O God : we acknowledge thee to be the Lord.
All the earth doth worship thee : the Father everlasting.
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 Hosts;
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.
Excerpts from today's readings
"The LORD is the eternal God,
creator of the ends of the earth."
"They that hope in the LORD will renew their strength,
they will soar as with eagles’ wings;
They will run and not grow weary,
walk and not grow faint."
"He pardons all your iniquities,
he heals all your ills.
He redeems your life from destruction,
he crowns you with kindness and compassion.
Merciful and gracious is the LORD,
slow to anger and abounding in kindness.
Not according to our sins does he deal with us,
nor does he requite us according to our crimes."
"Behold, the Lord comes to save his people;
blessed are those prepared to meet him."
"Jesus said to the crowds:
'Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened,
and I will give you rest.
Take my yoke upon you and learn from me,
for I am meek and humble of heart;
and you will find rest for yourselves.
For my yoke is easy, and my burden light.'"