Wednesday, April 01, 2009


The creed concludes the liturgy of the Word, and from there we move to the liturgy of the Eucharist.

The priest begins his prayers for the preparation of the gifts (of bread and wine just brought up to him), and the next longish prayer we all say or sing together is the Sanctus. In it, we praise God for His glory with all the angels of Heaven.

In English:
Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might,
Heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest.
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest.

In Latin:
SANCTUS, Sanctus, Sanctus, Dominus Deus Sabaoth.
Pleni sunt caeli et terra gloria tua.
Hosanna in excelsis.
Benedictus qui venit in nomine Domini.
Hosanna in excelsis.

This is the Sanctus from one of my favorite masses, Bach's Mass in B Minor.

I saw the Lord seated on a high and lofty throne, with the train of his garment filling the temple. Seraphim were stationed above; each of them had six wings: with two they veiled their faces, with two they veiled their feet, and with two they hovered aloft. "Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts!" they cried one to the other. "All the earth is filled with his glory!" (Is 6:1-3)

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the LORD. We bless you from the LORD'S house. (Ps 118:26)

The crowds preceding him and those following kept crying out and saying: "Hosanna to the Son of David; blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord; hosanna in the highest." (Matt 21:9)

they took palm branches and went out to meet him, and cried out: "Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, (even) the king of Israel." (Jn 12:13)

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