This work uses the text for used for the Latin Rite ceremony of Clerical Tonsure. During this ceremony seminarians take their first step-among seven-toward the priesthood. The text is a prayer of preservation as one begins a the journey of life's joys, sorrows, and glories. It is written in honor of the seminarians of Our Lady of Guadalupe Seminary, FSSP. The traditional Gregorian antiphon Tu es Domine is quoted with fresh harmonization both at the beginning an end of this piece.
Consérva Me Dómine | 2016 | SSA a cappella | 3' 33''
It is thou, O Lord, that wilt restore
my inheritance to me.
Preserve me, O Lord, for I have put my trust in thee.
I have said to the Lord, thou art my God,
for thou hast no need of my goods.
To the saints, who are in his land,
he hath made wonderful all my desires in them.
Their infirmities were multiplied: afterwards they made haste.
I will not gather together their meetings for blood offerings:
nor will I be mindful of their names by my lips.
The Lord is the portion of my inheritance and of my cup:
it is thou that wilt restore my inheritance to me.