Midday Beauty Break for the Feast of the Transfiguration

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I often listen to the hours sung by the monks at Le Barroux. Today for Sext the melody of the usual text of the hymn Rector potens verax Deus was strikingly beautiful. Here it is, below. The texts of hymns will often stay the same from day to do, but the melody by which they are sung can vary.

The other file is their singing of the Angelus with the monastery bells.


You can hear all of today’s singing of Sext HERE.

Rector potens verax Deus,
Qui témperas rerum vices,
Splendóre mane illúminas,
Et ígnibus merídiem:

Exstingue flammas lítium,
Aufer calorem nóxium,
Confer salútem córporum,
Verámque pacem córdium.

* Præsta, Páter piíssime,
Patríque compar Únice,
Cum Spíritu Paráclito
Regnans per omne sæculum.

And in the old Neale translation:

O God of truth O Lord of might,
Who orderest time and change aright,
Who send’st the early morning ray,
And light’st the glow of perfect day:

Extinguish thou each sinful fire,
And banish every ill desire;
And while thou keep’st the body whole,
Shed forth thy peace upon the soul.

* Almighty Father, hear our cry,
Through Jesus Christ, our Lord most High,
Who, with the Holy Ghost and thee,
Doth live and reign eternally.

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  1. acardnal says:

    Love the bells pealing during the Angelus!

  2. Dismas says:

    The bells during the Angelus are great, but the baby accompaniment during the Rector potens verax Deus at 7, 17, 32, 42?, 51 and 1:09 is amazing.

  3. Dismas: I asked about the baby the other day: singing? I think so.

  4. Dismas says:

    Not only sounds like a baby in the backround to me but a baby with an already good sense of musical time!

  5. Dismas: I think the baby must be the fruit of some lady in the area who attends the singing of the hours fairly regularly. I wonder what the long-term effect on a baby – future young person and adult – of hearing Gregorian chant regularly through infancy would be.

  6. benedetta says:

    Thank you for posting this Fr. Z and Happy Feast to you. I used to play chant discs for my son when he was a baby and I think he found it quite soothing. This year he was able to study Latin as a homeschooler and he loved it and excelled in it. I took him to the Extraordinary Form of the Mass, and, the following week asked, “Shall we go back?” To which he replied “GREAT!”

  7. Gregory DiPippo says:

    Optime Pater, the hymn is here being sung with the doxology of the Epiphany, in the pre-Urban VIII version.

    Gloria tibi, Domine,
    Qui apparuisti hodie,
    Cum Patre et Sancto Spiritu
    In sempiterna saecula. Amen.

  8. Gregory: Once again thanks for that. I was wondering what the melody was. I didn’t see it in my books.

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