Tibi dixit cor meum, quaesivi vultum tuum, vultum tuum Domine requiram: ne avertas faciem tuam a me.
“My heart says to you: I seek your face. I need your face, Lord, do not turn away your face away from me.” (Ps 27(26):8–9)
When we confront ourselves with the conduct of our lives in Lent, we might face problems we cannot solve: irreparable mistakes. Everyone knows times of despair, without any hope. In those times, we can learn a lot about God: He is the one who is still there when everything else is gone.
It can be tough to speak with God when there is no one else left.
Today’s introit knows this and makes us experience it by repeating the note of di-xit seven times. This is not – as Gregorian Chant used to be sung for a long time – a single tone of septupled length. These are actually seven single sounds with the one in the middle being longer than the other ones. Singers as well as listeners must endure this moment when you might think that there is nothing more to come.