Title: Gaudens gaudebo a 8 Composer: Peter Philips. Language: Latin Instruments: A cappella. Latin text. Gaudens gaudebo in Dominum et exultabit anima mea in Deo meo, qui induit me in vestimentis salutis, et indumento iustitiae circumdedit me, quasi sponsum decoratum corona, et quasi sponsam ornatam monilibus suis, sicut enim terra profert germen suum, et sicut hortus semen suum germinat, sic Dominus Deus germinabit iustitiam, et laudem coram universis gentibus. English translation. I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall in joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels.
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A song intoned from the womb! The Church takes the jubilant words of the prophet Isaiah and places them in the mouth of the Immaculate Conception, the Child full of grace just conceived in the womb of Saint Anne. The exegesis of the text is in its ravishing third mode melody; it soars pure as crystal in a kind of ecstatic cry of undiluted joy in God.
Mary herself intones the first chant of the Mass today: a kind of prelude to her Magnificat. Already — just conceived — the Child Mary begins to sing, and with her the whole Church. On no other feast of the year does the liturgy allow the Virgin Mary to open the Mass by singing in the first person singular. Mary is the first to taste of the sweet fruit of the Tree of Life; Mary is the first to sing of the joy of the Cross.
There is an extraordinary medieval painting that shows the Tree of Life with Mary on one side and Eve on the other. Eve, completely naked, is giving the bitter fruit of her sin to her own communicants in evil.
From her side of the tree a skull looks out, grimacing in death. On the other side of the tree is Mary, crowned and clothed in grace and beauty. She takes pure white hosts from among the branches of the tree and, like a priest distributing Holy Communion, places them in the mouths of her own communicants in eternal life.
The Face of the Crucified is turned toward those who partake of the fruit of the Cross. The naked Christ, exposed to the gaze of the Father on the tree of the Cross, casts out the fear that caused our first parents to make of the trees of the garden a screen between themselves and the Face of God. Blessed the Clean of Heart The Collect asks specifically that we, being made clean, may draw near to God. Mary, the Immaculate Conception, is the Mother of the pure in heart. A culpis omnibus liberemur!
What a stupendous petition! It leads directly into the Preface. Mal Mary, the Immaculate Mother of the clean of heart, is also the Mother of all those healed by the rays of Christ, the Sun of Justice. The Communion Antiphon leads directly into the Postcommunion Prayer and interprets it.
The First and Last Word Given to Joy In the end, for those who allow themselves to be illumined by the grace of the sacred liturgy today, there is a return to the song of the beginning.
It is the song of every new beginning in grace. It is the song of every man and woman once paralyzed by fear, but now set free to stand unafraid in the sight of the Father. It is the song of every heart darkened and stained by sin, but now made bright and clean by grace.
The last word and the first belong to joy. Many thanks for your rich sharings on this great feast and your daily posts. I should like to comment on it all, but better still, to take it to heart and to prayer that it may bear fruit in my life. Blessed Solemnity! May you receive every grace and heavenly blessing through Christ our Lord. And thank you for the information on Zaccheus Press, I have contacted themm and I can send them a money order for the book of Blessed Columa Marmion.
I hope my children will give me a few dollars then I can purchase one a month. Again God Bless you for your comtemplative prays which, us little ones can soak into our hearts. December 8, Reply. What a magnificent and inspiring blog, full of fruit for meditation. Josephine Gatchell. Add a comment Cancel reply.
Gaudens gaudebo a 8 (Lodovico Casali)
The blog of the Dominican student brothers at Blackfriars, Oxford. Built on the four pillars of our Dominican life — preaching, prayer, study, and community — Godzdogz offers many resources for exploring the Catholic Faith today. Read more. Gregorian chant is usually divided into eight modes. There is a mystical mode, an angelic mode, a sad mode, a perfect mode. It should then come as no surprise that the antiphon Gaudens Gaudebo for the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception is mode V. Joyful, bringing happiness to those in pain.
Gaudens gaudebo a 8 (Peter Philips)