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Motto of the University of Washington. Based on “G vayo lux” from the Bible; also used as the motto of Franklin & Marshall College.
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Glory to the Father
Glory to the Father is one of Christianity’s central prayers, reflecting its belief in three distinct persons who make up its divine triune nature – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Furthermore, this prayer reminds us that He existed long before all existence existed – He will continue being present through all eternity!
This prayer, known as the Lesser Doxology or Gloria Patri, can be found throughout Christian liturgies and church services; especially within Latin Vulgate bible. Additionally, it’s often sung during baptisms and weddings in either English or Latin as part of church services or baptism ceremonies; its beauty transcends denomination.
The last phrase of the prayer, sicut erat in principio, et nunc, et semper et in saecula saeculorum, is sometimes translated into English as “world without end.” However, this does not accurately represent what Latin originally says – rather more accurately translated it is: as it was at first and will always remain world without end”.
Glory to the Father prayer not only reveals the Trinity but also serves to teach that God created all that exists and deserves our worship. This powerful and moving prayer should be memorized by every Christian.
Many Catholics are familiar with certain of the more familiar Latin phrases such as “In principio erat Verbum,” which translates as “In the Beginning was the Word”. This phrase first appeared in John’s Gospel and often serves to remind Christians that Jesus Christ is indeed God’s word.
Catholic faith often uses Latin phrases like “Et Verbum caro factum est,” which refers to Jesus’ birth and reinforces belief that He is the Word of God. Additionally, teachings regarding infallibility of scripture make use of this phrase frequently and the Pope can declare any truth as dogma.
In principio erat Verbum
In principio erat Verbum is Latin for “in the beginning was Word,” where “word” refers to anything created or produced. This phrase can be found throughout scripture such as John 1:1-3 where Jesus is presented as God’s son or in John 3:16-17 when God sent Jesus into this world to judge and save from destruction – in both cases this refers back to Jesus himself through both his words and actions.
Jesus began his ministry by giving signs of the kingdom of heaven: healing sick people and casting out demons. This convinced his disciples he was indeed Messiah; many accepted their belief and received his gift of Holy Spirit.
He went with his disciples up a mountain and sat down. It was nearing Passover Feast Day for Jews; Jesus knew that it was time to leave this world behind and return home; yet, he loved his disciples deeply and would protect them until his very last breath.
After finishing eating, Jesus stood from his seat and removed his vestments, taking a towel with him to wrap around himself and start washing his disciples’ feet. Once finished, He stood back up and announced, “Now is the hour for Christ to be glorified!”
As Jesus prepared to leave this earth, he instructed his disciples to gather. Once there, he took bread and distributed it as much as they desired after giving thanks; similarly he took fish and distributed as many as they desired.
As he did this, some Samaritans approached and inquired as to his source, asking if it were true that his Father had sent him. Jesus responded that faith would bring not only what was promised but also salvation – though some began to doubt this claim. When this began to transpire, some doubt began arising amongst the men and they began questioning and doubting again.
Et Verbum caro factum est
“et Verbum caro factum est” is a Latin phrase taken from John 1:14, signifying Christ’s Incarnation. This musical composition celebrates his birth and underscores God’s Word’s impact in our lives.
Understanding this phrase is vital if we wish to have an accurate grasp of Christ’s Incarnation, as presented by Hans Urs von Balthasar in his book The Dramatis Personae: Man in God.
“Our Lord died before the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe and wrote his final words: et verbum caro factum est (Y el Verbo se hicieron carne). At these words, priest and congregation both genuflect. This piece has been composed specifically for brass ensemble, featuring 2 trumpets, F Horn and 2 trombones as flexible instrumentation options.
Sicut cervus desiderat ad fontes aquarum
As the hart longs for water-brooks, so my soul yearns after Thee, O Lord.’ – Psalm 42:1 (Latin: Sicut Cervus Desiderat Ad Fontes Aquarum).
Famous as one of the great Renaissance musical masterpieces, Palestrina’s choral song is frequently performed at baptisms and weddings as an affirmation of eternal life and unification with God. Additionally, this piece serves as an ideal introduction to classical music due to its melodic beauty and simple rhythmic pattern.
Palestrina was born between 1525-1526, and began his professional church music career by age 12. Several churches around Rome contracted him to serve as both choirboy and maestro di cappella (director of church’s choral music).
He created Sicut cervus in 1604. It is a four-voice motet using open harmonies that create an organic quality in its performance, and its free-form ad libitum form free from strict meter. Dissonances occur to enhance consonance or create motion but the overall feel of the piece remains peaceful harmony without force.
The tones of this piece are filled with yearning, yet do not portray this yearning as pain or stress. Instead they represent yearning transformed into a serene order of voices that seem to know their place – reflecting an eternal Now which transcends time and change; like an audible manifestation of grace itself.
The voice parts move according to the rules of good vocal leading; moreover, they act as an organic community that is naturally social. They do not compete for attention but seem instead inspired by their leader; more often than not they display contrariety, the simultaneous movement in opposite directions – giving a motet its natural sense of balance and proportion; this friendly contrariety creates a choral republic with sounds both stunningly beautiful and humane at once.