The Te Deum Laudamus Cross stands about 4.9 inches high and is about 3 inches wide. Te Deum Laudamus is Latin for “God, we praise You” – one of the most sublime hymns ever composed and sung in church. This simple yet elegant cross is cast in solid bronze and is a truly beautiful depiction of this beautiful Latin church hymn. This is indeed a gift of true heirloom quality that will be treasured and passed on from generation to generation!
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Te Deum Laudamus – “O God, We Praise You”
The Te Deum (also known as Ambrosian Hymn or A Song of the Church) is an early Christian hymn of praise. The title is taken from its opening Latin words, Te Deum laudamus, rendered as “Thee, O God, we praise” or “O God, we praise You.” While authorship has been traditionally ascribed to Saint Augustine on the occasion of his baptism by Saint Ambrose in 387 A.D., The Historical Companion to Hymns Ancient and Modern says “it is now accredited to Nicetas, bishop of Remesiana (4th century). The petitions at the end of the hymn (beginning Salvum fac populum tuum) are a selection of verses from the book of Psalms, appended subsequently to the original hymn.
The hymn follows the outline of the Apostles’ Creed, mixing a poetic vision of the heavenly liturgy with its declaration of faith. Calling on the name of God immediately, the hymn proceeds to name all those who praise and venerate God, from the hierarchy of heavenly creatures to those Christian faithful already in Heaven to the Church spread throughout the world. The hymn then returns to its credal formula, naming Christ and recalling his birth, suffering and death, his resurrection and glorification. At this point the hymn turns to the subjects declaiming the praise, both the universal Church and the singer in particular, asking for mercy on past sins, protection from future sin, and the hoped-for reunification with the elect.
The text has been set to music by many composers, with settings by Haydn, Mozart, Berlioz, Verdi, Bruckner, Furtwaengler, Dvorak, Britten, Kodaly and Paert among the best known. Sir William Walton’s Coronation Te Deum was written for the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953. Other English settings include those by Thomas Tallis, William Byrd, Henry Purcell, Edward Elgar, and Herbert Howells, as well as three settings each by George Frideric Handel and Charles Villiers Stanford. Puccini’s opera Tosca features a dramatic performance of the initial part of the Te Deum at the end of Act I. The traditional chant melody was the basis for elaborate Te Deum compositions by notable French organists Charles Tounemire (193), Jean Langlais (1934), and Jeanne Demessieux (1958), which are still widely performed today. The 18th-century German hymn Grosser Gott, wir loben dich is a free translation of the Te Deum, which was translated into English in the 19th century as “Holy God, we praise thy name.”