The Worship Quote of the Week for (08/20/2002):

Te Deum Laudamus
Today's WORSHIP QUOTE dates from the fourth or fifth century. The "Te Deum"
or "Te Deum laudamus" is an anonymous worship text in Latin that has been
set to music by countless composers, from the baroque masters all the way
through to practicing church musicians of our day. Martin Luther translated
it into German and there are at least twenty-five metrical settings in
English ("Holy God, We Praise Thy Name"). I imagine that there are some
readers who have this prayer memorized (in Latin or English), and some who
are encountering these words for the first time.

We praise Thee, O God: we acknowledge Thee to be the Lord.
All the earth doth worship Thee, the Father everlasting.
To Thee all Angels cry aloud: the Heavens and all the powers therein.
To Thee Cherubim and Seraphim continually do cry:
"Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God of Sabaoth;
Heaven and earth are full of the Majesty of Thy Glory."

The glorious company of Apostles praise Thee.
The goodly fellowship of the prophets praise Thee.
The noble army of Martyrs praise Thee.
The holy Church throughout all the world doth acknowledge Thee:
The Father of an infinite Majesty;
Thine honorable, true, and only Son;
Also the Holy Ghost: the Comforter.

Thou art the King of Glory, O Christ.
Thou art the everlasting Son of the Father.
When Thou tookest upon Thee to deliver man:
Thou didst not abhor the Virgin's womb.
When Thou hadst overcome the sharpness of death,
Thou didst open the Kingdom of Heaven to all believers.
Thou sittest at the right hand of God in the glory of the Father.
We believe that Thou shalt come to be our Judge.
We therefore pray Thee, help Thy servants
whom thou hast redeemed with Thy precious blood.
Make them to be numbered with Thy Saints in glory everlasting.

O Lord, save Thy people: and bless Thine heritage.
Govern them and lift them up forever.
Day by day we magnify Thee and we worship Thy Name,
ever world without end.

Vouchsafe, O Lord, to keep us this day without sin.
O Lord, have mercy upon us.
O Lord, let Thy mercy lighten upon us, as our trust is in Thee.
O Lord, in Thee have I trusted: let me never be confounded.

[If you look around, you can find modern English renderings of the TE DEUM
text, ones that avoid "thee" and "thou" and "vouchsafe." But for today, . .

May the Lord vouchsafe to give thee a great week.

Chip Stam
Director, Institute for Christian Worship
School of Church Music and Worship
The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
Louisville, Kentucky