Draw Near, O Lord, Our God

We sang this beautiful hymn again this morning at Lauds!

It is one of those hymns that strikes a chord in the depths of my soul.  It was translated translated over 50 years ago from the Latin hymn Attende Domine.

The above-mentioned hymn Christians is traced back to Christians in Spain in the 900s (a Mozarabic litany).

This chant is used during the Lenten season, confessing our sinfulness and pleading for mercy.

There are multiple translations into English, but I do like the one used in our breviary: “Draw near O Lord, our God; graciously hear us…”

How appropriate that prayer is!  How well it articulates the pleadings of the heart!

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