Posts tagged ‘O Lux Beatissima’

February 9, 2014

2014-02-09 Notes from the Bench

“O Lux Beatissima” by Howard Helvey

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

O lux beatissima,
reple cordis intima
tuorum fidelium.

Sine tuo numine,
nihil est in homine,
nihil est innoxium.

English translation:

O Light most blessed,
Fill the inmost heart
Of all thy faithful.

Without your grace,
There is nothing in us,
Nothing that is not harmful.

The text for “O Lux Beatissima” comes from the Latin sequence, (a hymn or chant sung before the Gospel reading) Veni Sancte Spiritus (Come, Holy Spirit) that dates back to the thirteenth century. The authorship of this text is uncertain, but is most frequently attributed to Pope Innocent III (c. 1160-1216) or the Archbishop of Canterbury, Stephen Langton (c. 1150-1228).

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