INTROITUS: St. James

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

“Very 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).

We already had this introit on St. Thomas’ day, but here are some new thoughts:

Amici tui, Deus – “Your friends, God…” The Old Testament in its Latin version had no problem with using the word “friend” for a special relationship to God. Jesus himself dignified his apostles by calling them “friends.” (John 15:15)

Many faithful today would hesitate to use that term. I personally would hesitate too to call myself a “friend of God,” and I would be very reluctant if someone called herself or himself like that. And have a look: In this introit, the person does not call himself oder herself God’s friend, but others are dignified with that title.

Whom do I consider a “friend of God?” And why?

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