How to Chant the Te Deum laudamus
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The Te Deum – a very early Christian hymn – is a canticle used in Morning Prayer. Below is an audio file of the easiest way, in my opinion, to chant the canticle.
As you can see in the pagescan from the 1940 Episcopal Hymnal below, I begin by chanting #613, the setting written by E.G. Monk. However, for the second verse of the Te Deum, I’m chanting #617, written by W. Croft. Then, for the third and final verse, I return to E.G. Monk’s setting.
Here’s the “Chantable” Text of the Te Deum laudamus:
We praise thee, O God; we acknowledge thee to | be the Lord.
All the earth doth worship thee, the Father | everlasting.
To thee all Angels cry aloud; the Heavens, and all the | Powers therein;
To thee Cherubim and Seraphim con|tinually do cry,
Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God of | Sabaoth;
Heaven and earth are full of the Majesty | of thy glory.
The glorious company of the Apostles | praise thee.
The goodly fellowship of the | Prophets praise thee.
The noble army of Martyrs | praise thee.
The holy Church throughout all the world | doth acknowledge thee;
The Father of an infinite Majesty; Thine adorable, true and | only Son;
Also the Holy | Ghost the Comforter.
Thou art the King of | Glory • O Christ.
Thou art the everlasting | Son of • the Father.
When thou tookest upon thee to de|liver man,
Thou didst humble thyself to be | born of • a Virgin.
When thou hadst overcome the | sharpness • of death,
Thou didst open the Kingdom of Heaven to | all believers.
Thou sittest at the right | hand of God,
In the glory | of the Father.
We believe that thou shalt come to | be our Judge.
We therefore pray thee, help thy servants,
whom thou hast redeemed | with thy precious blood.
Make them to be numbered | with thy Saints,
In glory | everlasting.
O LORD, save thy people, and bless thine | heritage.
Govern them and lift them | up for ever.
Day by day we | magni•fy thee;
And we worship thy Name ever | world without end.
Vouchsafe, O Lord, to keep us this day with|out sin.
O Lord, have mercy upon us, have | mercy • upon us.
O Lord, let thy mercy be upon us, as our | trust • is in • thee.
O Lord, in thee have I trusted; let me never | be confounded.
Please feel free to let me know if you have any questions about chanting the Te Deum! I’m no expert, but I’m happy to help!
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