Music Break – Heilig, Heilig, Heilig

Here are the English words of Schubert’s, Heilig, Heilig, Heilig from his Deutsche Messe.

Holy, holy, holy, holy is the Lord!
Holy, holy, holy, holy is He alone!

He, who had no beginning,
He, who always was;
Eternally is, and reigns and will be evermore

Almighty, wonder, omnipresent love!
Holy, holy, holy, holy is the Lord!

(The design and art in these churches is supposed to represent a scene in heaven. In the Scriptures we see a description of the beauty of that awesome place. In some of the photos you can see depictions of biblical scenes painted around the ceiling. At about 1:58, you can see the scene of Michael the Archangel blowing his trumpet on the Last Day. The builders and artisans in these churches were attempting to create a place that reflects the fact that when ¬†Christians worship here on earth, we join in with the Church Triumphant that worships before God’s throne.)

2 thoughts on “Music Break – Heilig, Heilig, Heilig

  1. Sam says:

    You have to love that baroque architecture.

    How we worship matters, and our surroundings can either point us to God, or distract us from him.

    Nevertheless, regardless of our surroundings, the truth is the same:

    With our earthly liturgy and earthly altars, we join all the angels and all the saints in worshiping the Lamb who was slain at the golden and eternal altar of heaven (Rev. 8:3).

    In a very real way, we enter into the heavenly liturgy of those same saints and angels who wonder in awe at the sacred mysteries we experience, even if we ourselves are not aware of it or forget it in our fallen nature. With them, we say Sanctus, Sanctus, Sanctus, Dominus Deus Sabaoth. Pleni sunt coeli et terra gloria tua. Hosanna in excelsis. Benedictus qui venit in nomine Domini. Hosanna in excelsis.

    Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God of Hosts. Heaven and Earth are full of thy glory.
    Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.

    Deo gratias! Amen.

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