This video is in remembrance of the Fall of Constantinople to the Turks in 1453. It is remembered with great sorrow. The other purpose of this video is to showcase the touching hymn of Guillaume Du-fay, the Lamentatio sanctae matris ecclesiae Constantinopolitanae, which is the Lament of the Holy Mother Church of Constantinople. It is modified from a part of the Book of Lamentations on the fall of Jerusalem. I included several images with the music. The song’s lyrics and translation are below:
O tres piteulx de tout espoir fontaine,
Pere du filz dont suis mere esplorée,
Plaindre me viens a ta court souveraine,
De ta puissance et de nature humaine,
Qui ont souffert telle durté villaine
Faire à mon filz, qui tant m’a hounourée.
Dont suis de bien et de joye separée,
Sans qui vivant veule entendre mes plaints.
A toy, seul Dieu, du forfait me complains,
Du gref tourment et douloureulx oultrage,
Que voy souffrir au plus bel des humains.
Sans nul confort de tout humain lignage.
O most merciful fount of all hope,
Father of the son whose weeping mother I am:
I come to complain before your sovereign court,
about your power and about human nature,
which have allowed such grievous harm
to be done to my son, who has honored me so much.
For that I am bereft of all good and joy,
without anyone alive to hear my laments.
To you, the only God, I submit my complaints,
about the grievous torment and sorrowful outrage,
which I see the most beautiful of men suffer
without any comfort for the whole human race.
A most decisive victory against the Muslim Turks on this day in history, in 1571 AD
A ‘This Day in History’
This video does not attempt to explain the vast subject of the Crusades, it is merely a short visual representation of some notable events and characters. For example; Peter the hermit, the Crusade leaders, St. Bernard of Clairvaux preaching the crusade, the capture of Jerusalem, etc. The two hymns in the background are Haec Dies and Confitemini Domino. The respective lyrics and translations of these hymns follow:
Haec dies quam fecit Dominus:
exultemus et laetemur in ea.
This is the day that the Lord made:
let us be glad and rejoice in it.
Confitemini Domino, quoniam bonus, quoniam in saeculum misericordia eius. Alleluia.
Have faith in the Lord for He is good, for His mercy is forever; alleluia, alleluia!
Being Catholic means to follow Christ. Like Anna Czynska who started Divine Mercy Polish Mission more than 30 years ago so Poles could hear Catholic Mass in their native tongue. The 80-year-old Glen Ellyn woman still leads the rosary recitation at the Mission rectory every night.
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