Book of Common Prayer's Te Deum

Today's Worship Quote dates from the fourth or fifth century. The Te Deum or Te Deum laudamus is an anonymous worship text in Latin that has been set to music by countless composers, from the baroque masters all the way through to practicing church musicians of our day. Martin Luther translated it into German and there are at least twenty-five metrical settings in English ("Holy God, We Praise Thy Name"). I imagine that there are some readers who have this prayer memorized (in Latin or English), and some who are encountering these words for the first time. [as found in Book of Common Prayer, Rite I].

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 Sabaoth;
Heaven and earth are full of the Majesty of Thy Glory."

The glorious company of 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 honorable, 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 forever.
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.
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.

If you look around, you can find modern English renderings of the Te Deum text, ones that avoid "thee" and "thou" and "vouchsafe." But for today...

May the Lord vouchsafe to give thee a great week!

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Foster on when Spirit Touches Spirit

This Worship Quote of the Week is another from Richard Foster's The Celebration of Discipline.

"Worship is our response to the overtures of love from the heart of the Father. Its central reality is found 'in spirit and truth.' It is kindled within us only when the Spirit of God touches our human spirit. Forms and rituals do not produce worship, nor does the disuse of forms and rituals. We can use all the right techniques and methods, we can have the best possible liturgy, but we have not worshipped the Lord until Spirit touches spirit."

- Richard Foster, The Celebration of Discipline: The Path to Spiritual Growth, Chapter 11, "The Discipline of Worship," (San Francisco, CA: Harper, 1988), p. 158.


Holy God, touch us with your Spirit as we respond to the amazing overtures of your love! Amen!

Have a great week!

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Dead Sea Scrolls "Angelic Litrugy"

Here's a WORSHIP QUOTE that's a little off the beaten path. These are some liturgical phrases, not a consecutive paragraph, from the manuscripts discovered at Qumran (Dead Sea Scrolls).

"Praise Him ... for in the magnificence of the praise is the glory of his kingdom ... For he is God of all who sing with knowledge forever ...

to the powerful God with the chosen spiritual portion, so that it is a melody with the joy of God, and celebration with all the holy ones, for a wonderful song in eternal happiness ... Sing to the God who is awesome in power."

-from what scholars call "the Angelic Liturgy," mostly from Cave IV, as translated in The Dead Sea Scrolls Translated, Florentino Garcia Martinez, pp. 422-423.


The initial Dead Sea Scrolls discovery was in 1946-7, but in 1952 researchers found the most important discovery of all in Cave IV, a library containing some 400,000 fragments from 400 different manuscripts, one-fourth of which were biblical. I wonder what church historians will find to document the worship life of the Christian Church at the end of 2nd millennium after Christ. Will it be clear from "our" documents what was important to us - unity, diversity, instruments, voices, corporate worship, personal worship, music, text, accompaniment, harmony, celebration, contemplation, confession, knowledge of God's word, experiencing God's presence and power, etc.? 

Have a great week!

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