November 22, 2007

The Holy Mass on Thanksgiving Day at my monastery: on the menu


ENTRANCE. Chanted in English from Psalm 32.
Ring out your joy to the Lord, O you just;
for praise is fitting for loyal hearts.

Give thanks to the Lord upon the harp,
with a ten-stringed lute sing him songs.
O sing him a song that is new,
play loudly, with all your skill.

For the word of the Lord is faithful
and all his works to be trusted.
The Lord loves justice and right
and fills the earth with his love.

By his word the heavens were made,
by the breath of his mouth all the stars.
He collects the waves of the ocean;
he stores up the depths of the sea.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit,
as it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be,
world without end. Amen.
GLORIA. Chanted in Latin.

RESPONSORIAL PSALM. Chanted in Latin and English from Psalm 33.
Benedicam Dominum in omni tempore [“I shall bless the Lord at all times”].

With his praise always on my lips,
in the Lord my soul shall make its boast.
The humble shall hear and be glad.

Benedicam Dominum in omni tempore.

Glorify the Lord with me.
Together let us praise his name.
I sought the Lord and he answered me;
from all my terrors he set me free.

Benedicam Dominum in omni tempore.

Look towards him and be radiant;
let your faces not be abashed.
This poor man called; the Lord heard him
and rescued him from all his distress.

Benedicam Dominum in omni tempore.

The angel of the Lord is encamped
around those who revere him, to rescue them.
Taste and see that the Lord is good.
He is happy who seeks refuge in him.

Benedicam Dominum in omni tempore.

Revere the Lord, you his saints.
They lack nothing, those who revere him.
Strong lions suffer want and go hungry
but those who seek the Lord lack no blessing.

Benedicam Dominum in omni tempore.
SONG AT THE OFFERTORY. English.
O beautiful for spacious skies,
For amber waves of grain,
For purple mountain majesties
Above the fruited plain!
America! America!
God shed his grace on thee,
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea.

O beautiful for pilgrim feet,
Whose stern, impassioned stress
A thoroughfare for freedom beat
Across the wilderness!
America! America!
God mend thine every flaw,
Confirm thy soul in self-control,
Thy liberty in law.

O beautiful for heroes proved
In liberating strife,
Who more than self their country loved,
And mercy more than life!
America! America!
May God thy gold refine,
Till all success be nobleness,
And every gain divine.

O beautiful for patriot dream
That sees beyond the years
Thine alabaster cities gleam,
Undimmed by human tears!
America! America!
God shed his grace on thee,
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea.
SANCTUS. Chanted in Latin.

AGNUS DEI. Chanted in Latin.

COMMUNION. Chanted in English from Psalm 95.
[Antiphon]: Bring an offering, and enter his courts, worship the Lord in his holy temple.

O sing a new song to the Lord,
sing to the Lord all the earth.
O sing to the Lord, bless his name. [Antiphon]

Proclaim his help day by day,
tell among the nations his glory
and his wonders among all the peoples. [Antiphon]

The Lord is great and worthy of praise,
to be feared above all gods;
the gods of the heathens are naught. [Antiphon]

It was the Lord who made the heavens,
his are majesty and state and power
and splendor in his holy place. [Antiphon]

Give the Lord, you families of peoples,
give the Lord glory and power,
give the Lord the glory of his name. [Antiphon]

Bring an offering and enter his courts,
worship the Lord in his temple.
O earth, tremble before him. [Antiphon]

Proclaim to the nations: ‘God is king.’
The world he made firm in its place;
he will judge the peoples in fairness. [Antiphon]

Let the heavens rejoice and earth be glad,
let the sea and all within it thunder praise,
let the land and all it bears rejoice,
all the trees of the wood shout for joy [Antiphon]

at the presence of the Lord for he comes,
he comes to rule the earth.
With justice he will rule the world,
he will judge the peoples with his truth. [Antiphon]

Glory be to the Father and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit,
as it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be,
world without end. Amen. [Antiphon]
FINAL SONG. English.
Holy God, we praise Thy Name!
Lord of all, we bow before Thee;
All on earth Thy scepter claim,
All in heav’n above adore Thee;
Infinite Thy vast domain,
Everlasting is Thy reign.

Hark the loud celestial hymn
Angel choirs above are raising;
Cherubim and Seraphim
In unceasing chorus praising,
Fill the heav’ns with sweet accord:
Holy, holy, holy Lord!

Holy Father, Holy Son,
Holy Spirit, Three we name Thee,
While in essence only One,
Undivided God we claim Thee,
And adoring bend the knee,
While we own the mystery.

Amen.


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