An Ancient Praise Song


We praise you, O God; we acknowledge you to be the Lord.

All the earth worships you, the Father everlasting.

To you all angels cry aloud; the heavens, and all the powers therein;

To you Cherubim and Seraphim continually do cry,

Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God of Sabaoth;[1]

Heaven and earth are full of the majesty of your glory.

The glorious company of the Apostles praise you.

The goodly fellowship of the Prophets praise you.

The noble army of martyrs praise you.

The holy Church throughout all the world acknowledges you:

The Father, of an infinite majesty;

Your adorable, true, and only Son;

Also the Holy Spirit, the Comforter.[2]


You are the King of glory, O Christ.

You are the everlasting Son of the Father.

When you took it upon yourself to deliver man, you humbled yourself to be born of a virgin.

When you had overcome the sharpness of death, you opened the Kingdom of Heaven to all believers.

You sit at the right hand of God, in the glory of the Father.

We believe that you will come to be our Judge.

We therefore beseech you, help your servants, whom you have redeemed with your precious blood.

Make them to be numbered with your saints, in glory everlasting.


O Lord, save your people, and bless your inheritance.

Govern them, and lift them up forever.

Day by day we magnify you;

And we worship your Name ever, world without end.

Be pleased, O Lord, to keep us this day without sin.

O Lord, have mercy upon us, have mercy jupon us.

O Lord, let your mercy be upon us, as our trust is in you.

O Lord, in you have I trusted; let me never be confounded.


Te Deum Laudamus (“We praise you, O God”), adapted from the Book of Common Prayer, 1928 edition.

This was my favorite praise song when I was a boy.

[1] Sabaoth: “hosts” or armies [of heaven]

[2] Strengthener, Encourager, Counselor, Advocate