for Maundy Thursday:

Ubi caritas et amor,
Deus ibi est.
Exsultemus et in ipso jucundemur.
Timeamus et amemus Deum vivum.
Congregavit nos in unum Christi amor,
Et ex corde diligamus nos sinceros.

Where charity and love are, there God is.
The love of Christ has gathered us into one flock.
Let us exult, and in Him be joyful.
Let us fear and let us love the living God.
And from a sincere heart let us love each other (and Him).

Where charity and love are, there God is.
Therefore, whensoever we are gathered as one:
Lest we in mind be divided, let us beware.
Let cease malicious quarrels, let strife give way.
And in the midst of us be Christ our God.

Where charity and love are, there God is.
Together also with the blessed may we see,
Gloriously, Thy countenance, O Christ our God:
A joy which is immense, and also approved:
Through infinite ages of ages.


  1. Thanks for this lovely link. I sang this song in a high school choir, and its melody and words still return to me often. There is also a beautiful rendition by one of the BYU choirs – BYU singers, I think. The melody is different, and I must confess I like this one better, but it’s also worth hearing.

  2. Absolutely glorious. My second-favorite Durufle piece, after his Requiem. Too bad he published so little choral work in his lifetime. Thanks for posting this.

  3. A belated thank you, for this and all the Easter poetry.

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