Updating Worship Songs
Handel's MESSIAH and Stravinsky's SYMPHONY OF PSALMS.
Please see the November 14 concert invitation at the bottom of this note:
Today's WORSHIP QUOTE is the text of an ancient worship song in a more modern translation. See if you recognize it.
laudate Deum in sancto eius
laudate eum in fortitudine potentiae eius
laudate eum in fortitudinibus eius
laudate eum iuxta multitudinem magnificentiae suae
laudate eum in clangore bucinae
laudate eum in psalterio et cithara
laudate eum in tympano et choro
laudate eum in cordis et organo
laudate eum in cymbalis sonantibus
laudate eum in cymbalis tinnientibus
Actually, that is Psalm 150 in Jerome's Latin VULGATE (c. 405 AD). I say that it is in a modern translation because the original, of course, was in Hebrew. Long after the psalms were gathered into the recognized canon, Jerome labored to translate them into Latin so that the Roman world of his day could read and understand.
Here is Psalm 150 now from the English Standard Version:
1 Praise the LORD!
Praise God in his sanctuary;
praise him in his mighty heavens!
2 Praise him for his mighty deeds;
praise him according to his excellent greatness!
3 Praise him with trumpet sound;
praise him with lute and harp!
4 Praise him with tambourine and dance;
praise him with strings and pipe!
5 Praise him with sounding cymbals;
praise him with loud clashing cymbals!
6 Let everything that has breath praise the LORD!
Praise the LORD!
—Psalm 150, THE HOLY BIBLE: ENGLISH STANDARD VERSION. Wheaton: Good News Publishers, 2001. [Perhaps someone can explain to me why Jerome's VULGATE text does not include the last verse: "Omnis spiricus laudet Dominum." (Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.) Any ideas?]
[Did you know that Psalm 150 is the text of the final movement of Stravinsky's magnificent SYMPHONY OF PSALMS, to be performed along with parts one and three of Handel's MESSIAH—all under the baton of Carl Stam? Please tell your friends who are anywhere near Louisville, Kentucky.]
FREE CONCERT in Louisville, Kentucky, November 14, 2006, 7:30 P.M.
Handel's MESSIAH (Parts 1 & 3) and Stravinsky's SYMPHONY OF PSALMS
performed by the Oratorio Chorus and Seminary Orchestra, Carl Stam, conductor.
For more information, please see the color web flyer available at
Please forward this to your friends who live near Louisville and who may
be interested in a free concert like this. Thank you very much.
Have a great week.
Let everything that has breath praise the Lord!
Director, Institute for Christian Worship
School of Church Music and Worship
The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
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