Cogitationes Cordis eius in generatione et generationem: ut eruat a morte animas eorum et alat eos in fame.
“The plans of his heart persist for the generation of generations, to deliver their souls from death and to feed them in famine.” (Ps 33(32):11.19)
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Sung by Liborius Lumma, Innsbruck (Austria).
The Gregorian Chant for the post-Vatican liturgy consists almost only of the chants that belong to the original Gregorian repertoire of the Early Middle Ages. Most of the later-created chants were to be abolished.
This one on the Solemnity of Sacred Heart is one of the few exceptions. For purists of Gregorian Chant, this is nothing but new-fashioned stuff. The not-so-puristic ones enjoy certain modules from the bright and optimistic 5th mode, especially the major triad at the beginning, and modules from the clear-cut and discreet 6th mode, such as the ending (et alat…). Sacred Heart is definitely not about sorrow and suffering in view of the Cross, it is rather a joyful celebration of the one who did everything to redeem us.