Random Canticle Note

This morning–against my usual custom–I was led to use Rite I. In reading through it, I was slightly annoyed that the removed the traditional directions for canticles and put the Te Deum at the end of the list as if it was to be used second or something. Historically, the Te Deum is used after the first reading, the Benedictus after the second. But not in Lent–the Benedicite gets used instead of the Te Deum. But I never stopped to think why… It came to me today, though, reading through it. The Te Deum is a joyful call for the orders of beings to praise God–and so is the Benedicite. The second is more appropriate for Lent I suppose because it’s OT, doesn’t have the A, etc. but the theo-logic of it is the same–all the orders of creation praising God. I thought that was pretty cool…

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About Derek Olsen

I'm a layman within the Episcopal Church with a PhD in New Testament and an interest in most things medieval, monastic, and liturgical. My chief job is keeping up with my priestly wife and our two awesome kids. In addition to that, I earn a living, run the St Bede's Breviary, listen to loud goth/industrial music, and do some stuff for the church. I currently serve as Secretary to the Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music where I'm also co-chair of the Calendar committee and chair of the Digital Publications committee.
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One Response to Random Canticle Note

  1. King Alfred says:

    Nice. I love little epiphanies like that.

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