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Pax Jerusalem

July 13, 2014 — Leave a comment

Clouds have assembled and we are praying for some much needed rain.

Here is an antiphon (verse) expressing a perfect tone for such a winters day. It is of the 6th or 7th century[i] century and performed by Ensemble Organum, Director: Marcel Peres.

English from the Latin:

Give peace, O Lord, in our time Because there is no one else Who will fight for us If not You, our God.

(The following are from Psalm 122:6-9)

Let there be peace in your strength, and abundance in your towers

I wish you peace for the sake of my brothers and my family

I have sought good for you because of the house of the Lord God

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee

Glory to the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, just as it was in the beginning, and now and always, and forever.

Amen.’[ii]

Sources:

[i] hymnary.org
[ii]  Da pacem domine