Mass Ordinary

Here are the original texts of the Ordinary of the Mass (Roman Rite) with English translation. These are posted here for the convenience of fellow musicians. If you find the English translation useful, feel free to use it for any musical or educational purpose. I'd appreciate an alert to any typos you find (alton.tw @ gmail.com).

The original language of the Kyrie is Greek. The remaining texts are Latin with a few expressions derived from Hebrew or Aramaic.

1 Kyrie
2 Gloria
3 Credo
4 Sanctus
5 Benedictus
6 Agnus Dei 

1 Kyrie

Kyrie eleison.
Christe eleison.
Kyrie eleison.

Lord, have mercy.

Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.

2 Gloria

Gloria in excelsis Deo
et in terra pax hominibus bonae voluntatis.
Glory to God in the highest

and on earth peace to people of good will.

Laudamus te, benedicimus te,
Adoramus te, glorificamus te,
Gratias agimus tibi propter magnam gloriam tuam,
Domine Deus, Rex coelestis,
Deus Pater omnipotens.

We praise you, we bless you,
We adore you, we glorify you,
We give thanks to you for your great glory,
Lord God, heavenly King,
God, the Father almighty.

Domine Fili unigenite, Jesu Christe,
Domine Deus, Agnus Dei, Filius Patri.

Lord, the only son, Jesus Christ.
Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father.

Qui tollis peccata mundi, misère nobis;
Qui tollis peccata mundi, suscipe deprecationem nostrum.
Qui sedes ad dexteram Patris, miserere nobis.

You who remove the sins of this world, have mercy on us.
You who remove the sins of this world, accept our prayer.
You who sit at the Father’s right hand, have mercy on us.

Quoniam tu solus Sanctus, to solus Dominus,

tu solus Altissimus, Jesu Christe,
cum Sancto Spiritu, in Gloria Dei Patri.

For you alone are holy, you alone are Lord,
you alone are most high, Jesus Christ,
with the Holy Spirit, in the glory of God the Father.

3 Credo

Credo in umum Deum
Patrem omnipotentem,
factorem coeli e terrae,
Visibilium omnium et invisibilium.

I believe in one God,
the Father almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
all things visible and invisible.

et in unum Dominum Jesum Christum,
Filium Dei unigenitum,
et ex Patre natum ante omnia saecula.

And [I believe] in one Lord Jesus Christ,
the only Son of the God,
born from the Father before all time.

Deum de Deo, Lumen de Lumine,
Deum verum de Deo vero,
genitum, non factum,
consubstantialem Patri
per quem omnia facta sunt.
Qui propter nos homines et prpter nostrum
Salem descendit de coelis.

God of God, light of light,
true God of true God,
born, not made,
of one substance with the Father
who made all things, 
who for us human creatures and our salvation,
descended from heaven.

Et incarnatus est de Spiritu Sancto
ex Maria Virgine et homo factus est.
Crucifixus etiam pro nobis sub Pontio Pilato,
passus, et sepultus est.

And was incarnated by the Holy Spirit
with the virgin Mary and made human;
was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate,
was tortured and buried.

Et resurrexit tertia die, secundum Scripturas.
Et ascendit in caelum, sedet ad dexteram Patris.
Et interum venturus est cum gloria,
judicare vivos et mortuos,
cujus regni non erit finis.

Who rose on the third day as the Scriptures foretold,
and ascended into heaven to sit at the Father’s right hand,
from where he will return in glory
to judge the living and the dead:
his reign will have no end.

Et in Spiritum Sanctum, Dominum et vivificantem,
qui ex Patre Filioque procedit.
Qui cum Patre, et Filio simul adoratur
et conglorificatur, qui locutus est per Prophetas.

And [I believe] in the Holy Spirit, Lord and life-giver,
who proceeds from the Father and Son, 
who with the Father and Son is adored
and glorified, who spoke through the prophets.

Et unam, sanctam, catholicam, et apostolicam ecclesiam.
Confiteor unum baptisma in remissionem peccatorum.
Et expecto resurrectionem mortuorum.
Et vitam venturi saeculi. Amen.

And [I believe] in one holy universal apostolic church.
I confess one baptism for the remission of sins
and anticipate the resurrection of the dead
and life beyond time. Amen.

4 Sanctus

Sanctus, Sanctus, Sanctus,
Dominus Deus Sabaoth.
Pleni sunt coeli et terra gloria tua.
Hosanna in excelsis.

Holy holy, holy
Lord God Almighty.
Heaven and earth are filled with your glory.
Hosanna in the highest. 

5 Benedictus

Benedictus qui venit in nomine Domini.
Hosanna in excelsis.

Blessed is one who comes in the Lord’s name.
Hosanna in the highest.

6 Agnus Dei

Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccata mundi,
miserere nobis.
Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccata mundi,
dona nobis pacem.

Lamb of God, who removes the sins of this world,
have mercy on us.
Lamb of God, who removes the sins of this world,
grant us peace.


Talk Like A Pirate

September 19th is comin' upon us like a nor'easter, mates. Ye'd best be gettin' yer selves ready for International Talk Like A Pirate Day.


Official Holiday Site

Interview with Founders and Crew

Google and Facebook can deck ye out with a proper language settin'. And if ye know some scurvy rats who'll be makin' it a religious holiday, pay a call on the Church o' the Flyin' Spaghetti Monster.

This here's a 'oliday dear to me 'eart as a Florida native. We've played host to many scoundrels and louts over the years. And we've got the Gasparilla every year in Tampa, doncha know. The next one'll be a-comin' round on January 23.

A swig for ye then. Drink up, me 'earties, yo ho!


Conductor's Notebook


After Dark

Taipei, Taiwan 台灣 台北

©Alton Thompson 唐博敦
Alton's Images


Conductor's Notebook


Goodbye to Summer

As schools open and concert series begin, here's a look back at a season that, for all the turbulence it contained, was not completely lacking in charm.

©Alton Thompson 唐博敦


Conductor's Notebook


Healing Journey

By all accounts the Dalai Lama's visit to Taiwan has been a healing experience for those who were hardest hit by the recent typhoon. The Tibetan leader led prayer services and encouraged those in grief to seek peace. He encouraged care of the planet by all the world's peoples and the continuing nurture of democracy in Taiwan.

Highlights of the Tibetan leader's visit are described in these stories.

Wall Street Journal: Dalai Lama holds services for victims, 2009.08.31
Taiwan News: Dalai Lama urges Taiwan to preserve its democracy, 2009.09.01
Video: The Dalai Lama's speech in Taiwan
(in English, Chinese translation), 2009.09.01

Taipei Times: Dalai Lama moves thousands at ceremony, 2009.09.02
Taiwan Headlines: Dalai Lama contributes US$50,000 in aid, 2009.09.02


Conductor's Notebook


Formosa in Film

The film Formosa Betrayed has its international premier in Montréal this week, with additional screenings pending at major film festivals. The film is based on an American official's memoir about events in Taiwan at the onset of the White Terror period in 1947.

Montréal World Film Festival
Montréal, QC, Canada

Quartier Latin Cinema Complex, Venue 13
September 3 Thursday 19:20
September 4 Friday 12:20
September 5 Saturday 14:40


Ticket purchase: http://www.admission.com/html/home.htmI?l=EN
Enter "L13.03.5 .*FFM" in the search box for Thursday
Enter "L13.04.2 .*FFM" in the search box for Friday
Enter "L13.05.3 .*FFM" in the search box for Saturday

On September 14 Formosa Betrayed will screen on Capitol Hill. The American Congress is back in session; Americans who want to encourage their representatives to view the film may write, fax, e-mail or call senators and legislators. This site provides contact information and a sample letter.

Tickets are already on sale for the screening at the San Diego Film Festival on September 26. Actor James Van Der Beek is in the running for the festival's Best Actor award.

San Diego Film Festival
San Diego, Californisa USA

Gaslamp Theater
September 26 Saturday 20:00
For tickets visit www.sdff.org/boxoffice.html

Screenings of Formosa Betrayed are also scheduled for these festivals:

DC Asian Pacific American Film Festival
Washington DC USA
October 3 Saturday 20:00

Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania USA
October 10 Saturday, time TBA

Sao Paulo International Film Festival
São Paulo, Brazil
October 23-November 5
Day and time TBA

Saint Louis International Film Festival
Saint Louis, Missouri USA
November 12-22
Day and time TBA

The film's official web site contains more information, including trailers, photo gallery and cast bios.

Formosa Betrayed


Conductor's Notebook


Taiwan, America, China: Agreeing only to Disagree

A letter to the editor appears in the Wall Street Journal today that offers an unusually cogent description of America's position on Taiwan. The letter by John J Tkacik illustrates the price that America and Taiwan both pay for America's general reluctance to state its view plainly.

America's official position is that Taiwan's status remains undecided. The agreement America reached with China in 1972 was not that Taiwan was part of China, but acknowledgement only that the Chinese government thought so. In effect, it was agreement to disagree.

Mr Tkacik writes:

As a US foreign service officer I worked on China and Taiwan affairs for 20 years, and I can attest that the US has never subscribed to China's territorial claims on Taiwan. Nor did President Richard Nixon ever publicly articulate such a policy.

.... Nixon's public policy was 'dual representation' in support of UN seats for both Taipei and Beijing. To this day, official US policy eschews recognition of China's claims to Taiwan. As recently as June 2007, the State Department's response (drafted by the Office of the Legal Advisor) to citizens concerned about Taiwan was that the U.S. has 'not formally recognized Chinese sovereignty over Taiwan and [has] not made any determination as to Taiwan's political status.'

In 2007, the US became alarmed that the UN Secretariat had issued documents asserting that the UN considered 'Taiwan for all purposes to be an integral part of the PRC.' US diplomats informed the secretariat that 'while that assertion was consistent with the Chinese position, it is not universally held by UN member states, including the United States.'

The US Mission then 'urged the UN Secretariat to review its policy on the status of Taiwan and to avoid taking sides in a sensitive matter on which UN members have agreed to disagree for over 35 years.' They warned that 'if the UN Secretariat insists on describing Taiwan as a part of the PRC, or on using nomenclature for Taiwan that implies such status, the United States will be obliged to disassociate itself on a national basis from such position.' The UN Secretariat has indeed ceased to assert that Taiwan is an integral part of China.

The full text of Mr Tkacik's letter appears at the Wall Street Journal site.


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