Attende Domine

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Something for the weekend.  Attende Domine, a pentitential hymn taken from a 10th century litany of the Mozarabic litury.  Between Good Friday and the joy of the resurrection on Easter, it seems an especially appropriate time to pray to God for forgiveness.

Attende Domine, et miserere, quia peccavimus tibi.

Attende Domine, et miserere, quia peccavimus tibi.

Ad te Rex summe,

omnium Redemptor,

oculos nostros

sublevamus flentes:

exaudi, Christe,

supplicantum preces.

Attende Domine, et miserere, quia peccavimus tibi.

Dextera Patris,

lapis angularis,

via salutis,

ianua caelestis,

ablue nostri

maculas delicti.

Attende Domine, et miserere, quia peccavimus tibi.

Rogamus, Deus,

tuam maiestatem:

auribus sacris

gemitus exaudi:

crimina nostra

placidus indulge.

Attende Domine, et miserere, quia peccavimus tibi.

Tibi fatemur

crimina admissa:

contrito corde

pandimus occulta:

tua, Redemptor,

pietas ignoscat.

Attende Domine, et miserere, quia peccavimus tibi.

Innocens captus,

nec repugnans ductus;

testibus falsis

pro impiis damnatus

quos redemisti,

tu conserva, Christe.

Attende Domine, et miserere, quia peccavimus tibi.

Hear us, O Lord, and have mercy, because we have sinned against Thee.

Hear us, O Lord, and have mercy, because we have sinned against Thee.

To Thee, highest King,

Redeemer of all,

do we lift up our eyes

in weeping:

Hear, O Christ, the prayers

of your servants.

Hear us, O Lord, and have mercy, because we have sinned against Thee.

Right hand of the Father,

corner-stone,   way of salvation,

gate of heaven,

wash away our   stains of sin.

Hear us, O Lord, and have mercy, because we have sinned against Thee.

We beseech Thee, God,

in Thy great majesty:

Hear our groans

with Thy holy ears:

calmly forgive

our crimes.

Hear us, O Lord, and have mercy, because we have sinned against Thee.

To Thee we confess

our sins admitted

with a contrite heart

We reveal the things hidden:

By Thy kindness, O Redeemer,

overlook them.

Hear us, O Lord, and have mercy, because we have sinned against Thee.

The Innocent, seized,

not refusing to be led;

condemned by false witnesses

because of impious men

O Christ, keep safe those

whom Thou hast redeemed.

Hear us, O Lord, and have mercy, because we have sinned against Thee.

2 Responses to Attende Domine

  • elm says:

    Stood on the sidewalk yesterday outside an abortion mill with fellow Catholics, singing hymns. The one that really touched my heart was Pange Lingua. There is something timeless about the Latin hymns that can connect the centuries and give a sense of not only continuity but also connection with the Church Triumphant and the Church Suffering.

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