Sanctus – Mass of the Divine Song

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4. Sanctus – Divine power. Sanctus is the strength you are going to need to face your troubles. You are not given the answer, that needs to come another way, but this will give you the courage to stand and make the needed choices.

Sanctus, Sanctus, Sanctus,
Dominus Deus Sabaoth.
Pleni sunt cæli et terra gloria tua.
Hosanna in excelsis.

Benedictus qui venit
in nomine Domini.
Hosanna in excelsis.

Holy, Holy, Holy,
Lord God of hosts.
Heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest.

Blessed is he who comes
in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest.


The feeling in the music changes at the word Benedictus. Here the four soloists, like divine messengers, assure you that “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.” But the way that the chorus repeats the words: “qui venit in nomine Domini”, (who comes in the name of the Lord) sounds like a challenge. “It’s easy for you angels to say Benedictus, but down here we are the ones who have to ‘come in the name of the Lord,’ which means to be poor in spirit, humble, follow the 10 commandments, turn the other cheek, etc. etc. This isn’t easy.”

Listen to the low rising, ploddingly repetitive bass line of the chorus that germinates a long dialog. Man is toiling while the angels are trying to be sympathetic and encouraging. The angels win and we are treated to the glorious Hosanna in excelsis once again.

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