Meditating upon Psalm 32 (“You are a hiding place for me”) – Wadsworth

By | March 4, 2017

The psalm for this Sunday, the First Sunday of Lent, is Psalm 32, the second of the seven Penitential Psalms. This intense setting by American composer Zachary Wadsworth (b. 1983) alternates the English text with the Latin. It begins with verse 3 which relates to us the consequences of remaining silent and keeping our sins to ourselves.

While I held my tongue, my bones withered away
because of my groaning all day long. (Psalm 32:3)

Wadsworth then alternates setting the Latin text and the English text. Below is a recording and the full text of this work. You can also download the text by clicking here. As you listen, place your sins and burdens upon your Creator and Redeemer and let Him clothe you in His righteousness.

Beati quorum remissae (Psalm 32)
Zachary Wadsworth (b. 1983)

While I held my tongue, my bones withered away
because of my groaning all day long. (32:3)

Beati quorum remissae sunt iniquitates
Blessed is he whose iniquities are forgiven,
et quorum tecta sunt peccata.
and whose sins are covered. (32:1)

For your hand was heavy upon me day and night;
my moisture was dried up as in the heat of summer. (32:4)

Beatus vir qui non imputabit Dominus peccatum
Blessed is the man to whom the Lord hath not imputed sin,
nec est in spiritu eius dolus.
and in whose spirit there is no guile. (32:2)

I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord.”
Then you forgave me the guilt of my sin. (32:5b)

You are my hiding-place; you preserve me from trouble;
you surround me with shouts of deliverance. (32:7)

Tu es refugium a tribulatione quae circumdedit me
You are my hiding-place; you preserve me from trouble;
exultatio mea erue me a circumdantibus me.
you surround me with shouts of deliverance.  (32:7)

Downloadable Text: Meditating Upon Psalm 32 – Wadsworth (Beati quorum remissae)

This motet is published by Alliance Music Publications (www.alliancemusic.com).

 

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