Thursday, June 15, 2006

Te Deum: the Apostles Creed as Devotion?

I was edified to read this chart compiled by W.K. Lowther Clarke comparing the Te Deum to the Apostle's Creed:

Te DeumApostles Creed
Thou art the King of Glory: O Christ.I believe in Jesus Christ
Thou art the everlasting Son: of the Father.His only Son our Lord,
When Thou tookest upon Thee to deliver man:
Thou didst humble Thyself to be born of a Virgin.
Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, Born of the Virgin Mary,
When Thou hadst overcome the sharpness of death:Suffered under Pontius Pilate, Was crucified, dead, and buried.
Thou didst open the Kingdom of Heaven to all believers. He ascended into heaven,
Thou sittest at the right hand of God: in the Glory of the Father.And sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty:
We believe that Thou shalt come: to be our Judge.From thence He shall come to judge the quick and the dead.

I add the very first part of the Te Deum follows suit:

Te DeumApostles Creed
We praise Thee O God: we acknowledge Thee to be the Lord.I believe in One God
All the earth doth worship Thee, the Father everlasting.The Father everlasting.

This confirms once again that the best devotional texts are often theologically rich.

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Blogger Jean-Michel said...

So.. in Sarum & Anglican Matins, we do say the Creed twice!

11:57 AM  

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