Cantique de Jean Racine
Word of God, one with the most high, in whom alone we have our hope
Eternal Day of heaven and earth
We break the silence of the peaceful night
Saviour Divine, cast your eyes upon us!
Night of stars, Beneath your veils,
beneath yoru breeze and fragrance,
Sad lyre That sighs, I dream of bygone loves.
Serene melancholy Now blooms deep in my heart,
And I hear the soul of my love Quiver in the dreaming woods.
Night of stars…
Once more at our fountain I see Your eyes as blue as the sky;
This rose is your breath And these stars are your eyes.
Praise the Lord, all nations; Praise Him, all people.
For He has bestowed His mercy upon us,
And the truth of the Lord endures forever.
Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit,
as it was in the beginning, is now, and forever,
and for generations of generations. Amen.
O Nata Lux
O born light of light, Jesus redeemer of age,
to deem worthy merciful of supplicants praises prayers and to accept.
Who in flesh once to be clothed you deigned for lost ones,
Us members grant to be made, of your blessed body.
I behold you, noble glorious and whole woman
The pupil of purity
You are the sacred matrix in which God takes great pleasure
Exult, be joyful, oh you happy souls
Exult, be joyful, in the singing of sweet songs
And in response to your songs, may the heavens sing psalms with me
And the mother did weep
She did weep. And weep.
A song written as the global community began to isolate physically due to covid, when the very fabric of society was tearing at the seams. In that spirit, Eric Whitacre wrote Sing Gently with the hope that it might give some small measure of comfort for those who need it, and suggest a way of living with one another that is compassionate, gentle and kind.
Sure on this shining night – extracts from James Agee’s poem
The magical sense of being under the stars, in a state of wonder
Let my love be heard
A song written grieving the loss of the university student Nohemi who was one of 130 people who tragically lost her life during the terrorist attacks in France, November 2015
The Lord has taken his son who lived amongst us
The son of the Lord God was crucified
Baa Baa = crying out