Posts tagged ‘Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina’

February 8, 2015

2015-02-08 Notes from the Bench

“Adoramus te” by Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina

A commentary on this week’s music by Dr. James T. Gerber, Music Associate



Adoramus te, Christe,
et benedicimus tibi:
quia per sanctam crucem
tuam redemisti mundum.


We adore thee, O Christ,
and we bless thee:
because by thy holy cross
thou hast redeemed the world.

The text “Adoramus te” is a short stanza that expresses the Church’s devotion to the Holy Cross of Jesus. It is often sung or recited as a response during the Good Friday liturgy during the ritual adoration of the cross and is sung as a short response during Vespers for the feasts of the Finding of the Holy Cross on May 3 and the Exaltation of the Holy Cross on September 14.



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