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Benedictus Es

1. Benedictus es Domine Deus patrum nostrorum. Et laudabilis et gloriosus in saecula.
2. Et benedictum nomen gloriae tuae, quod es sanctum. Et laudabile et gloriosum in saecula.
3. Benedictus es in templo sancto gloriae tuae. Et laudabilis et gloriosus in saecula.
4. Benedictus es super thronum sanctum regni tui. Et laudabilis et gloriosus in saecula.
5. Benedictus es super sceptrum divinitatis tuae. Et laudabilis et gloriosus in saecula.

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"Blessed is the Lord God of our fathers" This entire hymn gives adoration and praise to God, who is deserving of all our love. It exalts and glorifies Him who should be glorified -- for He alone is God, and because He made us, redeemed us, keeps us in existence, and gives each one of us so many graces every day. He has forgiven us our sins as often as we have made a good confession. "Blessed is the glory of Thy Name, which is Holy". The melody that goes with this, found on page 348 in the Liber Usualis, is very beautiful and adds much feeling to the very straightforward yet sublime lyrics. This is often most fittingly sung at Benediction. It glorifies God, who during Benediction is hidden under the veil of the species of bread, visible only to our faith. In heaven we will see this same God, not in a dark and veiled manner, but "then face to face". We can then sing this same hymn from the joy that will then overflow our heart!


This is found on the following CD(s): Chant Compendium 1, and Chant Compendium 2.

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