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A Media Vita Kind of Love

The latest Latin antiphon to catch my interest is "Media Vita." I've put a bunch of Latin chant and music onto my mp3 player lately....along with a bunch of Irish artists (been on an Ireland and UK binge lately). Surprisingly enough, this greatest hit was not by the monks of Santo Domingo de Silos. It was actually found  on  an album by Anuna (not sure which album it is off the top of  my head). Anuna does an AMAZING job with this antiphon (after throwing some drums and some really great voices) and just about every other song on the album (including a Sanctus that will make you want to drop everything you are doing and head off to the closest tabernacle for Eucharistic adoration).

St. Thomas of Aquinas
I have to say, every time this song comes up when I have my player on shuffle.....I fall in love all over again. It is so beautiful. This antiphon is said to have brought St. Thomas of Aquinas to tears, and Anuna's version makes it easy to understand why. It is simply that beautiful...and they lyrics, though haunting, are a reminder of how fleeting this life is and how much we long for God and His forgiveness.  It's also a reminder of how God looks out for us and continues to love us even after we make mistakes. Yes, we are called to be good people. Yes, we tend to fail at listening to that call. However, God is there. God is waiting. God loves you. God forgives you. It is up to us, however, to seek that forgiveness and to at least attempt living a righteous life full of love, charity, forgiveness, self-sacrifice, humility, and everything else that is good in God's eyes.
 Okay, this is not the best screenshot for this video...but it's still worth a listen as well as a watch.
 Trust me. Your inner Catholic Latin Geek will thank you for it...

For the Latin geeks out there, here are the words to this antiphon as well as the translation in English. This is the newest bit of Latin that I am trying to learn. I can't wait to add it to my Latin prayer filing cabinet (located somewhere in my hippocampus). 
Media Vita
Latin text
Media vita in morte sumus
Quem quærimus adjutorem nisi te, Domine?
Qui pro peccatis nostris juste irasceris
Sancte Deus, Sancte fortis, Sancte et misericors Salvator,
Amaræ morti ne tradas nos.
In Te speraverunt Patres nostri,
speraverunt et liberasti eos.
Ad Te clamaverunt Patres nostri,
clamaverunt et non sunt confusi.
Sancte Deus, Gloria Patri, et Filio, et Spiritui Sancto:
sicut erat in principio, et nunc, et semper, et in sæcula sæculorum. Amen.

English text
In the middle of life we are in death
of whom can we seek aid except you, Lord?
You who for our sins are rightly angered.
O Holy God; O Holy, almighty; O Holy and merciful Savior;
may you not surrender us to bitter death.
In you our fathers have trusted;
they have trusted and you have delivered them.
To You our Father have cried out;
they have cried out, and they have not been brought to ruin.
O Holy God, Glory to the Father, and the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, now and always and for ever and ever.

Okay, I could not help it...below is Anuna's Sanctus.

Doesn't listening to this just make you want to join a holy order?!?! SO BEAUTIFUL!

Pax Vobiscum


  1. I wonder if you can create a station that plays this kind of music on Pandora. Hmmm.

  2. Well, I have made an Anuna station there that seems to do a good job of playing some pretty sweet tunes!