Midday Beauty Break for the Feast of the Transfiguration
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I often listen to the hours sung by the monks at Le Barroux. Today for Sext the melody of the usual text of the hymn Rector potens verax Deus was strikingly beautiful. Here it is, below. The texts of hymns will often stay the same from day to do, but the melody by which they are sung can vary.
The other file is their singing of the Angelus with the monastery bells.
You can hear all of today’s singing of Sext HERE.
Rector potens verax Deus,
Qui témperas rerum vices,
Splendóre mane illúminas,
Et ígnibus merídiem:
Exstingue flammas lítium,
Aufer calorem nóxium,
Confer salútem córporum,
Verámque pacem córdium.
* Præsta, Páter piíssime,
Patríque compar Únice,
Cum Spíritu Paráclito
Regnans per omne sæculum.
And in the old Neale translation:
O God of truth O Lord of might,
Who orderest time and change aright,
Who send’st the early morning ray,
And light’st the glow of perfect day:
Extinguish thou each sinful fire,
And banish every ill desire;
And while thou keep’st the body whole,
Shed forth thy peace upon the soul.
* Almighty Father, hear our cry,
Through Jesus Christ, our Lord most High,
Who, with the Holy Ghost and thee,
Doth live and reign eternally.