Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Compare and contrast

If you want a quick taste of Catholicism before and after The Council, here's the traditional farewell chant sung at funerals, In paradisum.

In paradisum deducant te Angeli; in tuo adventu suscipiant te martyres, et perducant te in civitatem sanctam Ierusalem. Chorus angelorum te suscipiat, et cum Lazaro quondam paupere æternam habeas requiem.

May the angels lead you into paradise; upon your arrival, may the martyrs receive you and lead you to the holy city of Jerusalem. May the choir of angels receive you, and with Lazarus, once a poor man, may you have eternal rest.

The Latin version sung for over 1000 years (or more), in a pretty ordinary non-professional rendition.

A contemporary version by a contemporary church musician who specialized in turning classical music into contemporary cocktail lounge love songs. (Not that there's anything wrong with that. Just sayin'.)

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