Ubi caritas et amor
The actual origin of the text is unknown, but it has been dated to some point between 300 and 1100 AD. The text is typically sung during the Washing of the Feet at the Mass of the Last Supper on Maundy Thursday (Holy Thursday).
The word ‘caritas’ has many shades of meaning, and there are some nuances that seem to be lost in its translation. While the word ‘charity’ is mostly used about voluntarily giving, the word ‘caritas’ also means honesty, heartfeltness, dearness, and tolerance. In a world with a lot of tension and disunity, I wanted to write a piece that sings about the commandments to love one another.
Commissioned by the Athens Master Chorale, Athens, Georgia, conductor Joseph Napoli.
- Instrumentation: SATB or SSAA div. unaccompanied
- Duration: 5 minutes
Author/lyricist: Unknown origin
- Language: Latin
- Year: 2017
- Licensing: Boosey & Hawkes
Ubi caritas et amor, Deus ibi est.
Congregavit nos in unum Christi amor.
Exultemus, et in ipso jucundemur.
Timeamus, et amemus Deum vivum.
Et ex corde diligamus nos sincero.
Where charity and love are, God is there.
Christ's love has gathered us into one.
Let us rejoice and be pleased in Him.
Let us fear, and let us love the living God.
And may we love each other with a sincere heart.
Instrumentation: SATB, SSAA, or TTBB div. unaccompanied
Author/lyricist:Anon 20th century
Licensing: Norsk Musikkforlag
A work about hope in the darkest time of life. The text was written by a Jew hiding in Cologne, Germany, during World War 2 where the text was found scratched onto a wall.
Commissioned by the St. Olaf Festival (Olavsfestdagene) in Trondheim, Norway, and premiered on July 30 by the Nidaros Cathedral Girls' Choir at an event with the bishop of Nidaros Tor Singsås and actress Liv Ullmann. The SATB version was premiered by the Nidaros Cathedral Boys' Choir on November 26, 2011, in Nidaros Cathedral, Trondheim. A TTBB version was commissioned and premiered by Chor Leoni and conductor Erick Lichte in 2017. Arrangments for wind ensemble or brass band are also available.
I believe in the sun, even when it's not shining.
I believe in love, even when I feel it not.
I believe in God, even when He is silent.
Anon. 20th Century