Blog Template Theology of the Body: A Week of Catholicity IV: Worship

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

A Week of Catholicity IV: Worship

"Catholic": of or including all Christians • of or relating to the historic doctrine and practice of the Western Church.

Christians Worship Christ the Lord. In Spirit and in Truth. A Lot.

The hymn below is Attributed to Saints Hilary and Ambrose. We have been singing this one since A.D. 400...

We praise Thee, O God, we acknowledge Thee to be the Lord.
All the earth doth worship Thee and the Father everlasting.
To Thee all Angels cry aloud
To Thee the heavens and all the Powers therein.
To Thee the Cherubim and Seraphim cry with unceasing voice:
Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God of Hosts!
The heavens and the earth are full of the majesty of Thy glory.
The glorious choir of the Apostles praise thee.
The admirable company of the Prophets praise thee.
The white-robed army of Martyrs praise thee.
Thee the Holy Church throughout all the world doth acknowledge thee,
The Father of infinite Majesty.
Thine adorable, true and only Son
Also the Holy Ghost, the Paraclete.
Thou art the King of Glory, O Christ.
Thou art the everlasting Son of the Father.
Thou, having taken upon Thee to deliver man, didst not abhor the Virgin's womb.
Thou, having overcome the sting of death, didst open to believers the kingdom of heaven.
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 beseech Thee, therefore, help Thy servants whom Thou has redeemed with Thy precious Blood.
Make them to be numbered with Thy Saints in glory everlasting.
Lord, save Thy people and bless Thine inheritance.
Govern them and lift them up forever.
Day by day we bless Thee.
And we praise Thy name forever, world without end.
Vouchsafe, O Lord, this day to keep us without sin.
Have mercy on us, O Lord have mercy on us.
Let Thy mercy, O Lord, be upon us as we have hoped in Thee.
O Lord, in Thee have I hoped let me never be confounded.