INTROITUS: St. Thomas

Mihi autem nimis honorati sunt amici tui, Deus: nimis confortatus est principatus eorum.

β€œVery honorable are your friends for me, God, very much strengthened is their predominance.” (Ps 139(138):17)

Click here to listen to an audio of the chant.
Sung by Liborius Lumma, Innsbruck (Austria).

For the composer of this chant, the word nimis (very much) must have been very important. In the first line, he prepares it will all the tension in the previous word autem, in the second line, he trebles the unstressed final syllable.

When we celebrate Saints, we see Christian life like through a burning glass. Something that we all know and that all have in us is multiplied in those personalities: Faith, courage, suffering, effort – for every element of human life, you can find the matching Saint who managed to deal with it in an exemplary way. The apostle Thomas had the courage to doubt.

4 comments

  1. Thank you for this. I notice that the recording differs from the printed notes on ‘honorati sunt’, where all but the first note are one step lower than printed. Are there different variants of this chant?

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