Quotable Quotes

About Catholic music in general:  The music tradition of the universal church is a treasure of immeasurable value, greater than that of any other art.  Vatican II

About the Gregorian melodies: The Gregorian melodies air to foster the spiritual development of the individuals by providing an atmosphere conducive to a better understanding and living out of both God’s gift and the totality of the Christian faith.

About the Divine Office: This great prayer of the church, divided into portions throughout the day, sanctifies and consecrates the whole of human time by divine praise.

Ubi Caritas – Solesmes

Ubi Caritas is taken fro th anitphons sung during the ceremony of the Washing of the Feet at the Mass of the Last Supper on Holy Thursday.  As is the entire Mass of the Last Supper, this hymn is intimately connected with the Eucharist, and is thus often used during the Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament.  Recent tradition has the first line as “Ubi caritas at amor” (where charity and love are), but certain very early manuscripts show “Ubi caritas est vera” (where charity is true).  The current Roman Missal favors this later version, while the 1962 Roman Missal and classical music favours the former.

UBI caritas et amor, Deus ibi est.
Congregavit nos in unum Christi amor.
Exultemus, et in ipso iucundemur.
Timeamus, et amemus Deum vivum.
Et ex corde diligamus nos sincero.
WHERE charity and love are, God is there.
Christ’s love has gathered us into one.
Let us rejoice and be pleased in Him.
Let us fear, and let us love the living God.
And may we love each other with a sincere heart.
UBI caritas et amor, Deus ibi est.
Simul ergo cum in unum congregamur:
Ne nos mente dividamur, caveamus.
Cessent iurgia maligna, cessent lites.
Et in medio nostri sit Christus Deus.
WHERE charity and love are, God is there.
As we are gathered into one body,
Beware, lest we be divided in mind.
Let evil impulses stop, let controversy cease,
And may Christ our God be in our midst.
UBI caritas et amor, Deus ibi est.
Simul quoque cum beatis videamus,
Glorianter vultum tuum, Christe Deus:
Gaudium quod est immensum, atque probum,
Saecula per infinita saeculorum. Amen.
WHERE charity and love are, God is there.
And may we with the saints also,
See Thy face in glory, O Christ our God:
The joy that is immense and good,
Unto the ages through infinite ages. Amen.