Gaudeamus

Christus vincit!
Christus regnat!
Christus imperat!
Exaudi Christi…

M and I had this in our heads all day yesterday–it’s the refrain from the petitions of the prayers from a 12th century Easter mass from Autun. I absolutely love it especially since so many of the prayers were for high-ranking politicos. The image I get is of the crowned Sephanus and Robert looking around nerveously… Even while they and their reigns are being prayed for, the canons burst out into enthusiastic song to proclaim the conquest and rule of a far greater Lord. He is risen indeed.

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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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