CHAPTER 11 – The Celebration of Vigils on Sunday 1

After the fourth responsory, the prioress begins the hymn “We Praise You, God” (Te Deum Laudamus). RB 11:8

Te Deum Laudamus is a hymn of joy and thanksgiving. The melody is attributed to Bishop Nicetas of Dacia (c. 335-141). The words were probably written in the 5th century. The hymn follows the outline of the Apostles’ Creed, mixing a poetic vision of the liturgy of praise that we all long for in God’s glory.

You are God; we praise you.
You are God; we acclaim you.
You are the Holy One; all creation worships you.
To you all angels, all the choirs of heaven,
Cherubim and Seraphim, sing in endless praise;
Holy, Holy, Holy One, source of all strength,
Heaven and earth are full of your glory.
The glorious company of apostles praise you.
The exalted gathering of prophets praise you.
The vast assembly of martyrs praise you.
Throughout the world all people give you glory,
God of glory unbounded,
Christ, the Redeemer,
Worthy of all worship,
And the Holy Spirit, advocate and guide.
You, Christ, are a sign of glory,
Eternally with the God of life.
When you came to earth to set us free,
You did not disdain Mary’s womb.
You overcame the sting of death,
And opened the promise of heaven to all believers.
You dwell in the presence of God’s glory;
We believe, that you will come and be our judge.
Come then, Christ, sustain your people,
Bought with the price of your own blood,
And bring us with your saints to everlasting glory.