Monday, December 31, 2007

Te Deum

Since I've spent my entire adult life in the convent, I've never welcomed the New Year with a party, champagne, or the singing of "Auld Lang Syne." Instead, it is our custom to end the year with an Hour of Adoration and the singing of the Te Deum. This is one of those ancient, non-scriptural psalms, called "psalmoi idiotikoi," that were composed in the early Church. One of those "psalms, hymns and spiritual canticles" St. Paul talked about. It's a wonderful prayer of adoration and praise, and a great "seal" on the year just spent.
What are your plans for acknowledging the grace of 2007 and welcoming the gift of 2008?


Lisa said...

I think that yours is a beautiful practice. I wish there'd be more opportunity for individuals and families who wish to bless the arrival of the new year in that way before the Blessed Sacrament. Following the "Te Deum" is there a brief recreation/refreshments or is it a silent night of prayer?

xaipe said...

When I was in Italy, we ended the Hour of Adoration and went to the community room for panetone and spumante... But here in the States, we just continue our end-of-the-year retreat.

Fred said...

I tried to post yesterday, but something went wrong...but I am still singing my Te Deum for the incredible gift of priesthood that God has given me...knowing that I have a job for life...and a life giving job. I can think of no better way for me to be who God created me to be from the beginning...What a gift...and thanks for your role as friend and classmate!
Father Fred. CMF

Peggy said...

Not quite on topic: My huz and I and our little ones spent NY Eve at my sister's home. A very nice family evening! Her hus' family were present as well. A niece is 17 and has made plans to atted Steubenville and join the Daughters of St. Paul. I rejoiced for her. She looks forward to singing with the order one day.