Deus in loco sancto suo: Deus, qui inhabitare facit unanimes in domo: ipse dabit virtutem et fortitudinem plebi suae.
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Sung by Br. Jacob Berns, OSB, of St. John’s Abbey.
“God in his sacred place: God, who makes live harmoniously together in the house: He will give power and strength to his people.” (Ps 68(67):6.7.36)
Where does God live? There are many different biblical and theological answers to this question. When we praise the “sacred place” in this introit, we should primarily refer to Matt 18:20 and Sacrosanctum Concilium 7: Our liturgical gathering itself is a mode of divine presence in the world.
Maybe that is the reason why the composer gave the word inhabitare its special shape: Understanding God’s presence among us properly is uplifting and dignifying, and at the same time implicates great responsibility.