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.
This is the second video I have made from the Ambrosian tradition. It is an Ambrosian Rite (i.e. Milanese) hymn from, I believe, the Easter Mass. It also seemingly Gregorianized. This version seems to use minor lyrical changes, by a different translation, or else it just sounds different because of a accent. The version also ignores the “Gloria Tibi” conclusion. “Michael Vanquishing Satan” by Raphael Sanzio. The full Latin text:
Hic est dies verus Dei, Sancto sereno lumine,
quo diluit sanguis sacer, probrosa mundi crimina.
Fidem re fundens perdi tis, coecosque visu il luminans,
quem non gravi solvit metu, latronis absolutio.
Qui praemium mutans cruce, Jesum brevi quaesi it fide,
Justosque praevio gradu, praevenit in regnum Dei.
Opus stupent et Angeli, poenam videntes corporis,
Christoque adhaerentem reum, vitam beatam carpere.
Mysterium mirabile! Ut abluat mundi luem,
peccata tollat omnium, carnis vitia mundans caro.
Qui hoc potest sublimius, ut culpa quaerat gratiam?
Metumque solvat charitas, reddatque mors vitam novam.
Hamum si bi mors devoret, suisque se nodis liget,
moriatur vita omnium, resurgat vita hominum.
Cum mors per omnes transeat, omnes resurgant mortui,
consumptamors ictu suo, perisse se solam gemat.
Gloria tibi Domine, qui surrexisti a mortuis,
cum Patre et almo Spiritu, in sempiterna saecula.
The Divine Liturgy, θεία λειτουργία, of St. John Chrysostom is the second most practiced Liturgy in Christendom (next to the Roman rite Mass). This video is a tribute to the great Liturgy of the east, not a live presentation of it. This is the primarily used Divine Liturgy of the Eastern Churches (Orthodox and Catholic). This video contains a number of images of the Liturgy in practice across a wide array of churches and rites. The musical selections, from the CD “Sacred Treasures” are (in order) the Great Ektenia, Cherubic Hymn, Amen and With Thy Spirit, and Otche Nash. God bless you all.
Catholic Answers staff apologist Jim Blackburn explains the different traditions in the Church in regard to when the bread and wine actually become the body and blood of Jesus during the mass.
Jim Blackburn is a Catholic Answers staff apologist. A cradle Catholic born and raised in southern Illinois, he is a graduate of Southern Illinois University. He had studied Catholicism and other faiths for many years as an amateur apologist before going on the 2003 Catholic Answers apologetics cruise. After the cruise, he felt called to leave his career of nearly 20 years in the mortgage industry and to become a full-time apologist.
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