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Te deum

Te Deum laudamus: We praise you, O God:
te Dominum confitemur. we acknowledge you to be the Lord.
Te æternum Patrem All the earth worships you,
omnis terra veneratur. eternal Father.
Tibi omnes Angeli, To you all angels,
tibi cæli et universæ potestates, to you the heavens and powers of the universe,
tibi Cherubim et Seraphim to you the Cherubim and Seraphim
incessabili voce proclamant: cry out without ceasing:
Sanctus, sanctus, sanctus Holy, holy, holy
Dominus Deus Sabaoth. is the Lord God of Hosts.
Pleni sunt cœli et terra The heavens and the earth are full
majestatis gloriæ tuæ. of the majesty of your glory.
Te gloriosus Apostolorum chorus, The glorious chorus of the Apostles,
te Prophetarum laudabilis numerus, the venerable company of the Prophets,
te Martyrum candidatus laudat exercitus. the shining-robed army of Martyrs all praise you.
Te per orbem tarrarum Through the whole of the world
sancta confitetur Ecclesia: The holy church confesses you:
Patrum immensæ majestatis: Father of infinite majesty:
Venerandum tuum verum, et unicum Filium: your admirable, true and only Son:
Sanctum quoque Paraclitum Spiritum. As well as the Holy Spirit, the comforter.
Tu Rex gloriæ, Christe. You are the King of glory, O Christ.
Tu Patris sempiternus es Filius. You are the eternal Son of the Father.
Tu ad liberandum suscepturus hominem, You became human for the deliverance,
non horruisti Virginis uterum. you did not abhor the Virgin’s womb.
Tu devicto mortis aculeo, You, having blunted the sting of death,
aperuisti credentibus regna cœlorum. You opened the kingdom of heaven to believers.
Tu ad dexteram Dei sedes, You sit at the right hand of God,
in gloria Patris. in the glory of the Father.
Judex crederis esse venturus. You are believed to be the judge to come.
Te ergo quæsumus, Therefore, we beseech you,
tuis famulis subveni, Come to aid your servants,
quos pretioso sanguine redemisti. whom you have redeemed with precious blood.
Æterna fac cum sanctis tuis Make them to be numbered with saints
in gloria numerari. in eternal glory.
Salvum fac populum tuum, Domine, Make your people safe, O Lord,
et benedic hæreditati tuæ. and bless your inheritance.
Et rege eos et extolle illos And rule them, and extol them
usque in æternum. even into eternity.
Per singulos dies, benedicimus te: Through each day, we bless you:
et laudamus nomen tuum in sæculum, and we praise you name forever,
et in sæculum sæculi. and in centuries of centuries.
Dignare, Domine, die isto Vouchsafe, O Lord, this day
sine peccato nos custodire. keep us without sin.
Miserere nostri, Domine, Have mercy on us, O Lord,
miserere nostri. have mercy on us.
Fiat misericordia tua, Domine, super nos, Let your mercy, Lord, be upon us,
quemadmodum speravimus in te. just as we have trusted in you.
In te Domine, speravi: I have trusted in you, O Lord:
non confundar in æternum. Let me not be condemned in eternity.

Trans. Allen H Simon
on June 21, 2004 10:00pm
We are installing a new bishop whenever one is appointed.
I have been asked to prepare a festival Te Deum for the event!What do you suggest?
on June 27, 2004 10:00pm
That's a tough one without knowing a few parameters, like whether you can use instruments, how big and how skillful your choir is, whether you can use Latin, and so on. But your question suggests to me Benjamin Britten's Festival Te Deum, for SATB and organ, moderately difficult.