It is unfortunate that no English culture has developed in the Roman Catholic Church. This has led to a false dilemma, about which Catholics fight–one side contenting themselves with nothing and the other ridiculously arguing that the Church should re-install Latin language and culture. Thankfully, the Church has approved of the use of the Anglican Book of Prayer and King James Bible through Pope Benedict’s creation of the Anglican Ordinariate, and beautiful English culture has been made available to Catholics. In these posts, I plan to introduce families to a tradition I have always enjoyed, that of Anglican Chant.
Psalm 75. Confitebimur tibi
1 Unto thee, O God, do we give thanks:
yea, unto thee do we give thanks.
2 Thy Name also is so nigh:
and that do thy wondrous works declare.
3 When I receive the congregation:
I shall judge according unto right.
4 The earth is weak, and all the inhabiters thereof:
I bear up the pillars of it.
5 I said unto the fools, Deal not so madly:
and to the ungodly, Set not up your horn.
6 Set not up your horn on high:
and speak not with a stiff neck.
7 For promotion cometh neither from the east, nor from the west:
nor yet from the south.
8 And why? God is the Judge:
he putteth down one, and setteth up another.
9 For in the hand of the Lord there is a cup, and the wine is red:
it is full mixed, and he poureth out of the same.
10 As for the dregs thereof:
all the ungodly of the earth shall drink them, and suck them out.
11 But I will talk of the God of Jacob:
and praise him for ever.
12 All the horns of the ungodly also will I break:
and the horns of the righteous shall be exalted.