Since the 4th century, the Te Deum (Thee O God, We Praise) has been sung by the Christian Church on special occasions. Tradition has it that this wonderful hymn of praise is sung on the last day of the year. I can’t think of a better way to finish up this first year of Making All Things New.
No matter what kind of year you’ve had, there’s plenty to thank God for.
Let’s thank Him together by saying this prayer:
O God, we praise you, and acknowledge you to be the supreme Lord.
Everlasting Father, all the earth worships you.
All the Angels, the heavens and all angelic powers,
All the Cherubim and Seraphim, sing in endless praise:
Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God of Hosts!
Heaven and earth are full of your glory.
The glorious choir of the Apostles,
The wonderful company of Prophets,
The white-robed army of Martyrs, praise you.
Throughout the world the Holy Church acclaims you:
The Father of infinite Majesty;
Your true and only Son;
and the Holy Spirit, advocate and guide.
You Christ, are the King of glory!
You are the everlasting Son of the Father.
When you became man to set us free,
You did not spurn the Virgin’s womb.
You overcame the sting of death, and opened the Kingdom of Heaven to all believers.
You are seated at God’s right hand in glory.
We believe that you will come to be our Judge.
Come then, Lord and help your people, bought with the price of your own blood, and bring us with your saints to glory everlasting.
V. Save your people, O Lord, and bless your inheritance!
R. Govern them, and raise them up forever.
V. Every day we thank you.
R. And we praise your name forever, yes, forever and ever.
V. Keep us today, Lord from all sin.
R. Have mercy on us, Lord, have mercy on us.
V. Lord, show us your love and mercy;
R. for we put our trust in you.
V. In you, Lord, is our hope:
R. and we shall never hope in vain.