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New Release! Chant Compendium 8 with beautiful Gregorian chant

Ubi Caritas et Amor

Ubi caritas et amor, Deus ibi est.
Congregavit nos in unum Christi amor.
Exultemus, et in ipso iucundemur.
Temeamus, et amemus Deum vivum.
Et ex corde diligamus nos sincero.

Ubi caritas et amor, Deus ibi est.
Simul ergo cum in unum congregamur:
Ne nos mente dividamur caveamus.
Cessent iurgia maligna, cessent lites.
Et in medio nostri sit Christus Deus.

Ubi caritas et amor, Deus ibi est.
Simul quoque cum beatis videamus,
Glorianter vultum tuum, Christe Deus.
Gaudium quod est immensum, atque probum:
Saecula per infinita saeculorum.

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This is the antiphon traditionally sung during the washing of the feet on Holy Thursday (Maundy Thursday). The Church puts before our eyes a visible reminder of how condescending is Our Lord's love for us. On the eve of His Passion, as the Scriptures tell us, he took water in a basin and washed the feet of his twelve Apostles, including Judas. This is a very ancient ceremony, and a very moving one. It is still performed to this day in many monasteries and seminaries. Dom Marmion, the famous benedictine writer, recalled in his youth being highly moved by watching the bishop wash the feet of the 12 youngest monks, which included himself. He pictured Christ doing so, and it touched him deeply.

Fittingly, the antiphon speaks of Christ's deep love for us, and how we should love one another as He has loved us. Where Christ is, there is Charity - because God is Love. Not the sentimental view that many take, "God wouldn't send anyone to Hell, He is too nice!". God is also perfect Justice. God is not a "sucker" or a "pushover", but He loves us deeply; enough to shed His blood for each one of us. Those who scorn His infinite mercy, dying unrepentant, will face His equally infinite Justice. We all receive so many graces from Him every day, only by our fault can we be lost. All the damned will admit that it is by their fault they lost their souls.

As the Apostle says: anyone who says they love God, but hates their neighbor, does not belong to God. If you are in union with Christ, you will have the mind of Christ, Who loves all men and wants them to be saved.

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

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