Media vita in morte sumus:That refrain, "Sancte Deus, Sancte fortis ... " is haunting! It is especially appropriate for this November month when we pray for the souls of the departed.
quem quærimus adiutorem,
nisi te Domine,
Qui pro peccatis nostris iuste irasceris?
Sancte misericors Salvator,
amaræ morti ne tradas nos.
In the midst of life, we are in death:
Whom shall we seek as a help,
If not Thee, O Lord,
Who dost rightly grow wrathful for our sins?
Holy Strong One,
Holy and Merciful Saviour,
Do not hand us over to a bitter death.
Monday, November 06, 2006
Media vita in morte sumus
Oh my gosh! This is one of the most beautiful Gregorian hymns I've heard! And I'd never heard of it yet! Don Jim has the full Latin text and the translation. Many thanks for putting it up! Here's the link to the audio file (mp3 link).