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24 August 2012

Ô toi l'au-delà de tout (Taizé)

Ô toi l'au-delà de tout,
quel esprit peut te saisir?
Tous les êtres te célèbrent;
le désir de tous aspire vers toi.

You who are beyond all things, 
what mind can grasp you?
All that lives celebrates you; 
the desire of all reaches out to you. 

Text: Gregory of Nazianzus

See my other blog postings in the "Taizé" series of chants.

Official Taizé Community Website

Wikipedia information on the Taizé Community
- in French
- in English

09 August 2012

Sing a New Church

Summoned by the God who made us
rich in our diversity
Gathered in the name of Jesus,
richer still in unity.

Let us bring the gifts that differ
and, in splendid, varied ways,
sing a new church into being,
one in faith and love and praise.

Radiant risen from the water,
robed in holiness and light,
male and female in God’s image,
male and female, God’s delight. (Refrain)

Trust the goodness of creation;trust the Spirit strong within.
Dare to dream the vision promised,
sprung from seed of what has been. (Refrain)

Bring the hopes of every nation;
bring the art of every race.
Weave a song of peace and justice;
let it sound through time and space. (Refrain)

Draw together at one table,
all the human family;
shape a circle ever wider
and a people ever free (Refrain)

Text: Delores Dufner (1991)
Tune: NETTLETON, from Wyeth's Repository of Sacred Music, Part II (1813)

See my other blog postings in the Contemporary Catholic series.

Sanasi on lamppu (Taizé)

Sanasi on lamppu, valo askeleillani
Your word is a lamp, a light on my path

Paraphrase of Psalm 119:105

See my other blog postings in the "Taizé" series of chants.

Official Taizé Community Website

Wikipedia information on the Taizé Community
- in French
- in English

Eternal Spirit (Lord's Prayer, New Zealand Prayer Book)

Eternal Spirit, Earth-maker, Pain-bearer, Life-giver,
Source of all that is and that shall be,
Father and Mother of us all,
Loving God, in whom is heaven:
The hallowing of your name echo through the universe!
The way of your justice be followed by the peoples of the world!
Your heavenly will be done by all created beings!
Your commonwealth of peace and freedom sustain our hope and come on earth.
With the bread we need for today, feed us.
In the hurts we absorb from one another, forgive us.
In times of temptation and test, strengthen us.
From trials too great to endure, spare us.
From the grip of all that is evil, free us.
For you reign in the glory of the power that is love, now and for ever. Amen

Text: Jim Cotter
From A New Zealand Prayer Book: He Karakia Mihinare o Aotearoa (1995)

01 August 2012

Von guten Mächten (Dietrich Bonhoeffer)

1. Von guten Mächten treu und still umgeben,
behütet und getröstet wunderbar,
so will ich diese Tage mit euch leben,
und mit euch gehen in ein neues Jahr.

Von guten Mächten wunderbar geborgen,
erwarten wir getrost, was kommen mag.
Gott ist mit uns am Abend und am Morgen
und ganz gewiss an jedem neuen Tag.
2. Noch will das Alte unsere Herzen quälen,
noch drückt uns böser Tage schwere Last.
Ach, Herr, gib unsern aufgescheuchten Seelen
das Heil, für das du uns bereitet hast.

3. Und reichst du uns den schweren Kelch, den bittern
des Leids, gefüllt bis an den höchsten Rand,
so nehmen wir ihn dankbar ohne Zittern,
aus deiner guten und geliebten Hand.

4. Doch willst du uns noch einmal Freude schenken
an dieser Welt und ihrer Sonne Glanz,
dann wolln wir des Vergangenen gedenken,
und dann gehört dir unser Leben ganz.

5. Lass warm und still die Kerzen heute flammen,
die du in unsere Dunkelheit gebracht.
Führ, wenn es sein kann, wieder uns zusammen.
Wir wissen es, dein Licht scheint in der Nacht.

6. Wenn sich die Stille nun tief um uns breitet,
so lass uns hören jenen vollen Klang
der Welt, die unsichtbar sich um uns weitet,
all deiner Kinder hohen Lobgesang.

Text: Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1944) 1945/1951