Use: Holy Thursday
Required Resources: SATB choir
Language: Latin and English
The sixth antiphon from the Graduale Romanum for the Washing of Feet on Holy Thursday is:
Maneant in vobis fides, spes, caritas, tria hæc: major autem horum est caritas.
Let these abide with you: faith, hope and charity, these three things: the greatest is charity.
Richard Rice has metricized the mode VII Gregorian chant found in the Graduale, using it as a refrain for his motet.
The four verses are taken from the other prescribed liturgical antiphons:
- The Lord Jesus, when he had eaten with his disciples...
- If I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet...
- If there is this love among you, all will know...
- I give you a new commandment: that you love one another...
While the time changes from 4 to 5 to 6 beats per measure quite freely, nowhere is it jarring or academic.
Rather, the time changes mimic the free rhythm of the original chant and produce a wonderful "motion without accent."
The refrain is presented with both a Latin text and a singable English translation.
The verses are in English.
Order #: 3124
- Liturgical Settings
- SATB Choir
- a cappella
- Latin / English