Te Deum is the great thanksgiving hymn of the Church, highly appropriate in Eastertide as well other seasons of triumph.
Traditionally ascribed to St. Ambrose of Milan (340-397), it strikes me as a joyful extension of the Gloria—more didactic, but every bit as exultant in the greatness of our God.
By detailing the ranks of those worshipping the Lord on earth and in heaven, the hymn reminds us that the Father’s house contains many mansions (Jn. 14:2), each of them purchased by Christ’s Precious Blood.
Here is a fittingly majestic setting by Franz Joseph Haydn (1732-1809), performed by Choeur de Chambre de Namur and La petite Bande, conducted by Sigiswald Kuijken:
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