Praise and Worship music, 13th century-style

October 8, 2011 — 3 Comments

I’m living in a medieval world here. Not only is the medieval pilgrim path right outside my window, next door, there’s a chapel that’s over a thousand years old, built in the 9th century and renovated in the 15th century.

I decided it would be nice to listen to medieval music as well, specifically Gregorian chant. That’s how I stumbled upon this beautiful 13th century hymn, [originally in Latin of course, though I don’t think much is lost in translation.] You can hear it sung by the monks of Santo Domingo de Silos here.

Come, Holy Spirit,
and give out
the heavenly radiance of Your light;

come, Father of the poor,
come, giver of gifts,
come, light of all hearts;

best of comforters,
sweet guest of the soul,
refreshingly sweet;

Our rest in labor,
calm in the storm,
solace in weeping.

O most blessed light,
fill the inmost heart
of thy faithful.

Without Your divine will
there is nothing in a man,
nothing is wholesome.

Wash what is soiled,
water what is parched,
heal what is wounded.

Bend what is set firm,
warm what is cold,
rule over what has gone astray.

Give to Your faithful,
who trust in You,
Your sevenfold gifts.**

Reward the virtuous
release the rescued,
give joy for ever
Amen. Alleluia

Amen. Alleluia.

** The sevenfold gifts refer to Isaiah 11:2-3
The Spirit of the LORD will rest on him—
the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding,
the Spirit of counsel and of might,
the Spirit of the knowledge and fear of the LORD—
and he will delight in the fear of the LORD.

For Latin lovers, here’s the original text:

Veni, Sancte Spiritus,
et emitte caelitus
lucis tuae radium.

Veni, pater pauperum,
veni, dator munerum
veni, lumen cordium.

Consolator optime,
dulcis hospes animae,
dulce refrigerium.

In labore requies,
in aestu temperies
in fletu solatium.

O lux beatissima,
reple cordis intima
tuorum fidelium.

Sine tuo numine,
nihil est in homine,
nihil est innoxium.

Lava quod est sordidum,
riga quod est aridum,
sana quod est saucium.

Flecte quod est rigidum,
fove quod est frigidum,
rege quod est devium.

Da tuis fidelibus,
in te confidentibus,
sacrum septenarium.

Da virtutis meritum,
da salutis exitum,
da perenne gaudium, Amen, Alleluia.

3 responses to Praise and Worship music, 13th century-style


    WOW. That is lovely. I sang it with the youtube music! And I needed to hear it. I have been struggling with a very difficult situation at work (It is much harder dealing with these things here than anything in our African years, if my fond memories serve me right…) This song, like so much of our small group teaching today, and your "This week's special," spoke to me so directly and with such help. Thank you! Your blogs are like a cool drink of water in a dry land.


    I'm so glad it helped refreshed you.


    This looks awesome. I need a little snacks time soon. Maybe when I'm back in Chiang Mai…

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