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 | TTB a cappella | 3' 33''

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  • Jesus, Redeemer of the world,

    Begotten ere the dawn of light,

    Wast of the Father's glory born,

    Immense in glory as in might


    Thou art the Father's splendid light,

    Thou art the eternal hope of all

    Throughout the world to Thee we pray

    O, hear Thy servants as they call.


    (Daniel 9:24)

    Tomorrow the iniquity of the earth shall be abolished.

    And the Savior of the world shall reign over us.


    Remember, O Creator Lord!

    That from the Virgin's sacred womb

    Thou didst come forth, and of her flesh

    Thou didst come forth, and of her flesh

    Thou didst our mortal form assume.


    O Jesu! of the Virgin born,

    Unceasing glory be to Thee;

    And to the Father infinite,

    And Holy Ghost eternally. Amen.


    ​From the 1962 Divine Office 





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