Monday, December 01, 2008
Excita, quæsumus, Domine
...potentiam tuam et veni: ut ab imminentibus peccatorum nostrorum periculis, te mereamur protegente eripi, te liberante salvari: Qui vivis et regnas cum Deo Patre in unitate Spiritus Sancti Deus, per omnia sæcula sæculorum. Amen.
Stir up Thy power, we beseech Thee, O Lord, and come: that from the threatening dangers of our sins we may deserve to be rescued by Thy protection, and to be saved by Thy deliverance: Who livest and reignest with God the Father in the unity of the Holy Ghost God, world without end. Amen.
The picture above is from the Missa Cantata of the First Sunday of Advent and it captures the part of the Mass called the Secret Prayers. The text that I quoted is from The Collect.
Our friend Philip came to serve as Master of Ceremonies and our newly-expanded schola, now called Schola Canticum Novum, chanted the Propers from the Liber Usualis. The Ordinary was Missa de Angelis sung a cappella. It was a truly beautiful Mass.