The Te Deum
Te Deum, also sometimes called the Ambrosian Hymn because if its association with St. Ambrose, is a traditional hymn of joy and thanksgiving. First attributed to Sts. Ambrose, Augustine, or Hilary, it is now accredited to Nicetas, Bishop of Remesiana (4th century). It is used at the conclusion of the Office of the Readings for the Liturgy of the Hours on Sundays outside Lent, daily during the Octaves of Christmas and Easter, and on Solemnities and Feast Days. The petitions at the end were added at a later time and are optional. A partial indulgence is granted to the faithful who recite it in thanksgiving and a plenary indulgence is granted if the hymn is recited publicly on the last day of the year.
|TE DEUM laudamus: te Dominum confitemur.||O GOD, we praise Thee: we acknowledge Thee to be the Lord.|
|Te aeternum Patrem omnis terra veneratur.||Everlasting Father, all the earth doth worship Thee.|
|Tibi omnes Angeli; tibi Caeli et universae Potestates;||To Thee all the Angels, the Heavens and all the Powers,|
|Tibi Cherubim et Seraphim incessabili voce proclamant:||all the Cherubim and Seraphim, unceasingly proclaim:|
|Sanctus, Sanctus, Sanctus, Dominus Deus Sabaoth.||Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God of Hosts!|
|Pleni sunt caeli et terra maiestatis gloriae tuae.||Heaven and earth are full of the Majesty of Thy glory.|
|Te gloriosus Apostolorum chorus,||The glorious choir of the Apostles,|
|Te Prophetarum laudabilis numerus,||the wonderful company of Prophets,|
|Te Martyrum candidatus laudat exercitus.||the white-robed army of Martyrs, praise Thee.|
|Te per orbem terrarum sancta confitetur Ecclesia,||Holy Church throughout the world doth acknowledge Thee:|
|Patrem immensae maiestatis:||the Father of infinite Majesty;|
|Venerandum tuum verum et unicum Filium;||Thy adorable, true and only Son;|
|Sanctum quoque Paraclitum Spiritum.||and the Holy Spirit, the Comforter.|
|Tu Rex gloriae, Christe.||O Christ, Thou art the King of glory!|
|Tu Patris sempiternus es Filius.||Thou art the everlasting Son of the Father.|
|Tu ad liberandum suscepturus hominem, non horruisti Virginis uterum.||Thou, having taken it upon Thyself to deliver man, didst not disdain the Virgin's womb.|
|Tu, devicto mortis aculeo, aperuisti credentibus regna caelorum.||Thou overcame the sting of death and hast opened to believers the Kingdom of Heaven.|
|Tu ad dexteram Dei sedes, in gloria Patris.||Thou sitest at the right hand of God, in the glory of the Father.|
|Iudex crederis esse venturus.||We believe that Thou shalt come to be our Judge.|
|Te ergo quaesumus, tuis famulis subveni: quos pretioso sanguine redemisti.||We beseech Thee, therefore, to help Thy servants whom Thou hast redeemed with Thy Precious Blood.|
|Aeterna fac cum sanctis tuis in gloria numerari.||Make them to be numbered with Thy Saints in everlasting glory.|
|V. Salvum fac populum tuum, Domine, et benedic hereditati tuae.||V. Save Thy people, O Lord, and bless Thine inheritance!|
|R. Et rege eos, et extolle illos usque in aeternum.||R. Govern them, and raise them up forever.|
|V. Per singulos dies benedicimus te.||V. Every day we thank Thee.|
|R. Et laudamus nomen tuum in saeculum, et in saeculum saeculi.||R. And we praise Thy Name forever, yea, forever and ever.|
|V. Dignare, Domine, die isto sine peccato nos custodire.||V. O Lord, deign to keep us from sin this day.|
|R. Miserere nostri, Domine, miserere nostri.||R. Have mercy on us, O Lord, have mercy on us.|
|V. Fiat misericordia tua, Domine, super nos, quemadmodum speravimus in te.||V. Let Thy mercy, O Lord, be upon us, for we have hoped in Thee.|
|R. In te, Domine, speravi: non confundar in aeternum.||R. O Lord, in Thee I have hoped; let me never be put to shame.|
The following is a well known translation of the Te Deum, which, though not literal, preserves much of the spirit and force of the original. Except for the seventh stanza, which is a rendering of verses 20 and 21 by Msgr. Hugh Thomas Henry (1862-1946), it was written by Fr. Clarence Alphonsus Walworth (1820-1900)
| HOLY God, we praise Thy Name
Lord of all we bow before Thee;
all on earth Thy scepter claim,
all in heaven above adore Thee;
Infinite Thy vast domain,
everlasting is Thy reign.
| HARK, the loud celestial hymn
angel choirs above are raising;
Cherubim and Seraphim
in unceasing chorus praising,
fill the heavens with sweet accord;
Holy, Holy, Holy Lord!
| LO, the Apostolic train
Join, Thy sacred name to hallow:
prophets swell the loud refrain,
and the white-robbed Martyrs follow;
and, from morn till set of sun,
through the Church the song goes on.
| HOLY Father, Holy Son,
Holy Spirit, Three we name Thee,
While in essence only One,
undivided God we claim Thee:
and, adoring, bend the knee
while we own the mystery.
| THOU art King of glory, Christ:
Son of God, yet born of Mary;
for us sinners sacrificed,
and to death a tributary:
first to break the bars of death,
Thou has opened heaven to faith.
| FROM Thy high celestial home,
Judge of all, again returning,
we believe that Thou shalt come
in the dreaded Doomsday morning;
when Thy voice shall shake the earth,
and the startled dead come forth.
| THEREFORE do we pray Thee, Lord:
help Thy servants whom, redeeming
by Thy Precious Blood out-poured,
Thou hast saved from Satan's scheming.
Give to them eternal rest
in the glory of the Blest.
| SPARE Thy people, Lord, we pray,
by a thousand snares surrounded:
keep us without sin today,
never let us be confounded.
Lo, I put my trust in Thee;
never, Lord, abandon me.