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Benedictus Es

1. Blessed art Thou, the Lord God of our fathers. And glorious and to be praised for all ages.
2. And blessed is the name of Thy glory, which is holy. And glorious and to be praised for all ages.
3. Blessed art Thou in the holy temple of Thy glory. And glorious and to be praised for all ages.
4. Blessed art Thou on the holy throne of Thy kingdom. And glorious and to be praised for all ages.
5. Blessed art Thou upon the sceptre of Thy divinity. And glorious and to be praised for all ages.

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"Blessed art Thou, 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 name of Thy glory, 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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