Notker Balbulus

The Hymnbook
The Proper of the Saints

For the Dedication of the Church
17th October

[N.36] "Psallat ecclesia mater"



Let the Church, the unblemished Mother and the Virgin without crease, sing a psalm to the honour of this church!

This house proveth itself a partaker in the heavenly hall, striving in its praise and the rituals of heaven, with its undying light, after the city without shadows, and cherishing in its bosom the bodies of souls that dwell in heaven.

May the right hand of God protect her long for His praise!

Here beareth Grace, fecund with the Holy Spirit, offspring anew: Here frequent Angels their fellow denizens and Jesus is consumed as Flesh.

Fleeeth all that is harmful to the body: Perisheth every crime of the soul that is sinful.

Here soundeth forth the voice of joy: Here floweth over peace and gladness.

In this house re-echo to the Trinity praise and glory alway.


Richard L. Hewitt
Notker's Hymnbook in Three Languages

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