Tuesday, February 14, 2012

A Valentine for the Lord


Take My Heart by Gwen Meharg at HeArts Gallery.

I invite you to consider a Valentine for God who is love.

The Lord deserves a greeting of love from each of us on every day of the year but since February 14 is a day for special greetings, you might consider the following.

Here, from Schola Ministries, is a beautiful musical setting of St. Augustine's prayer: Late have I loved Thee, O Beauty ever ancient, ever new! (Translated and composed by Kathleen Deignan, CND)


(For those not familiar with Latin, the first three lines find their translation in the fourth and fifth.)

Sero te amavi,
pulchritudo tam antiqua et tam nova.
Sero te amavi!

Late have I loved Thee,
O Beauty ever ancient, ever new!

I was searching all around me; You were all within.
I grasped at your beauty everywhere
and longed to have and hold what can but be beheld.
Sero te amavi!

You attracted, I, distracted, did not see
the Giver of all gifts was gracing me.
Sero te amavi!

You called, you shouted – piercing through my deafness;
You flashed, you shone – dispelling all my blindness.
Sero te amavi!

You breathed your fragrance on me,
I drew my breath and now I am breathless for Thee.
I tasted your sweetness and now I am famished for You –
You touched me; now I am burning for your peace.
Late have I loved Thee, O Beauty ever ancient, ever new!
I was searching all around me; You were all within.
Sero te amavi! Vero te amavi…


 
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