Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Morten Lauridsen's Ubi Caritas et Amor Sung by Taipei Chamber Singers

A documentary on the American composer in the tradition of Holy Minimalism will be screened locally on April 2 — Shining Night: A Portrait of Composer Morten Lauridsen. "Ubi caritas," we learn at Wikipedia, "is a hymn of the Western Church, long used as one of the antiphons for the washing of feet on Maundy Thursday."
    Ubi caritas et amor, Deus ibi est.
    Congregavit nos in unum Christi amor.
    Exsultemus, et in ipso jucundemur.
    Timeamus, et amemus Deum vivum.
    Et ex corde diligamus nos sincero.
    Ubi caritas et amor, Deus ibi est.
    Simul ergo cum in unum congregamur:
    Ne nos mente dividamur, caveamus.
    Cessent iurgia maligna, cessent lites.
    Et in medio nostri sit Christus Deus. Amen.
    Where charity and love are, God is there.
    Christ's love has gathered us into one.
    Let us rejoice and be pleased in Him.
    Let us fear, and let us love the living God.
    And may we love each other with a sincere heart.
    Where charity and love are, God is there.
    As we are gathered into one body,
    Beware, lest we be divided in mind.
    Let evil impulses stop, let controversy cease,
    And may Christ our God be in our midst. Amen.

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