O Lord Thou shalt open my lips and my mouth shall declare Thy praise.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Hymn to Ecce Homo (Hino do Santo Cristo)

It's Passiontide. It's the liturgical season where we celebrate the titular of this blog. I'm listening to the hymn as I type, but unfortunately I don't have any recordings that are actually good and at the same time I'm confident that posting it won't violate copyright laws. There are multiple sets of words. One version is below, first in Portuguese, then in English.

EDIT: Thanks to Ecce Homo's sense of humor, I found a copy on YouTube about 2-3 seconds after posting this.



Glória a Cristo, Jesus, glória eterna,
Nosso Rei, nossa firme esperança,
Soberano que os mundos governa
E as nações recebem por herança.

Com o manto e o ceptro irrisório,
Sois de espinhos cruéis coroado,
Rei da dor, uma vez, no Pretório,
Rei de amor, para sempre adorado.

Combatendo, por vossa Bandeira
Que, no peito, trazemos erguida,
Alcançamos a paz verdadeira
E a vitória nas lutas da vida.

Só a vós, com inteira obediência
Serviremos com firme vontade,
Porque em Vós há justiça e clemência
Porque em Vós resplandece a verdade.

Concedei-nos, por graça divina,
Que sejamos um povo de eleitos,
Firmes crentes na Vossa doutrina,
Cumpridores dos Vossos preceitos.

O Hino do Santo Cristo foi composto, nos anos setenta do século XIX, pelo músico Candeias, da Banda Militar de Ponta Delgada.


Eternal Glory to Christ Jesus,
Our King and our firm Hope,
The Sovereign that rules the world
and the Inheritance of the nations.

With the demeaning cape and scepter,
You are cruelly crowned with thorns
King of Pain, once in the Pretorium
King of Love, forever adored.

Fighting for Your flag,
Which we carry on our chests,
We achieve true peace and victory
in the struggles of life.

So we serve you with internal obedience
and with a firm will,
Because in You is Justice and Clemency
Because in You is resplendence of Truth.

Grant us by Divine Grace,
That we become a chosen people,
Firmly believing Your Doctrine,
and following Your precepts.

Candeias, Ponta Delgada military band, 1870’s

The words just ooze with traditionalism and orthodoxy don't they?

EDIT:
One of the flower carpets for the Ecce Homo procession. The hospital turned nursing home and
St. Joseph's Church can be seen in the background. The convent is off to the right.
The flower carpets laid out during the procession are based squarely on the cloaks and palms laid out in today's Gospel. Even more similar is students laying out their cloaks on the street as the statue enters the convent after the procession.