The Parish Book of Motets

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Benedicam Dominum — Croce

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Benedicam Dominum in omni tempore; semper laus eius in ore meo.

I will bless the Lord at all times; his praise shall be ever in my mouth.

(Psalm 34/33:1)

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Calix benedictionis — Kevin Allen

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Calix benedictionis cui benedicimus, nonne communicatio sanguinis Christi est? Et panis quem frangimus, nonne participatio corporis Domini est?

Is not the cup of blessing which we bless a participation in the blood of Christ? And is not the bread that we break a participation in the body of Christ?

(1 Corinthians 10:16; offertory for the Feast of the Precious Blood)

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Call to remembrance — Farrant

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Call to remembrance, O Lord, thy tender mercies and thy loving kindness which hath been ever of old. O remember not the sins and offenses of my youth, but according to thy mercy, think thou on me, O Lord, for thy goodness.

(Psalm 25/24:5-6).

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Cantate Domino — Pitoni

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Cantate Domino canticum novum: laus eius in ecclesia sanctorum. Laetetur Israel in eo qui fecit eum, et filii Sion exultent in rege suo.

Sing to the Lord a new song; praise him in the assembly of the saints. Let Israel rejoice in his maker, and let the children of Zion be joyful in their king.

(Psalm 149: 1-2)

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Caro mea — Gabrieli

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Caro mea vere est cibus, et sanguis meus vere est potus; qui manducat meam carnem et bibit meum sanguinem in me manet, et ego in eo.

My flesh is true meat, and my blood is true drink; whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me, and I in him.

(John 6:56-57; alleluia verse for Corpus Christi)

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Cherubic Hymn (Longer Form) — Paul Jernberg

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Let us who mystically represent the cherubim and sing the thrice-holy hymn to the life-giving  Trinity now set aside all earthly cares. Amen. That we may receive the King of all, escorted invisibly by ranks of angels, alleluia.

(Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom)

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Cherubic Hymn (Simple Form) — Paul Jernberg

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Let us who mystically represent the cherubim and sing the thrice-holy hymn to the life-giving  Trinity now set aside all earthly cares. Amen. That we may receive the King of all, escorted invisibly by ranks of angels, alleluia.

(Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom)

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Ego sum panis vivus — Byrd

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Ego sum panis vivus qui de coelo descendi; si quis manducaverit ex hoc pane, vivet in aeternum, alleluia.

I am the living bread that came down from heaven; whoever eats of this bread will live forever, alleluia.

(John 6:51-52; antiphon to the Benedictus for Lauds of Corpus Christi)

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Exaudi Deus — Lassus

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Exaudi Deus orationem meam, et ne despexeris deprecationem meam: intende in me, et exaudi me.

Hear my prayer, O Lord, and do not disregard my petition: listen to me, and hear me.

(Psalm 55/54:1-2a)

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Exultate Deo — Scarlatti

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Exultate Deo adjutori nostro, alleluia. Jubilate Deo Jacob, alleluia.

Rejoice in God our helper, alleluia. Be joyful in the God of Jacob, alleluia.

(Psalm 81/80:1)

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Exultate justi — Viadana

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Exultate justi in Domino: rectos decet collaudatio. Confitemini Domino in cithara: in psalterio decem cordarum psallite illi. Cantate ei canticum novum: bene psallite ei in vociferatione.

Rejoice in the Lord, O ye just; praise for the upright is fitting. Give thanks to the Lord with the cithara: praise him upon the psaltery and an instrument of ten strings. Sing to the Lord a new song: sing to him well with a loud noise.

(Psalm 33/32:1-3)

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