Lament Like a Virgin February 10, 2016Posted by Tantumblogo in Art and Architecture, awesomeness, Christendom, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Latin Mass, Lent, Liturgy, sadness, Tradition, Virtue.
A beautiful, mournful responsory from Holy Saturday Matins – Plange quasi virgo – “lament like a virgin,” will have to close out this abbreviated day of blogging. I will be off for the rest of this day of penance, I pray you have a blessed Ash Wednesday and a strong start to your Lent:
If I had more time, I would post the processional chant for the Good Friday Depositio from the 16th century Rite of the Diocese of Braga, but that will have to wait for another day. I do just have time to append the opening lines:
Alas, alas Lord, alas, alas, Our Savior, we are become orphans without a father; our mothers are as widows.
The crown of our head has fallen. Woe to us! For we have sinned.
The breath of our mouths, Christ our Lord,
has been taken captive for our sins;
The joy of our heart has vanished;
our singing is turned into lamentation
Forsaken is all happiness,
removed is the joy of the earth;
our life has grown faint in sorrow
and our years in groans.
No hippy dippy happy clappy stuff in the 16th century Church! Thank God!