A Music Set Apart | Crisis Magazine

The offertory antiphon for the Sunday before the last Sunday of the liturgical year is the famous text “De profundis clamavi ad te, Domine; Domine, exaudi vocem meam.”

From the depths, I have cried out to you, O Lord; Lord, hear my voice.

It’s not a text heard in parish praxis much anymore. It doesn’t fit the decades-old clamor for upbeat, put-a-smile-on-your-face pop songs that are favored by publishers and pew sitters alike. And yet the message resonates deeply with the human experience. We shouldn’t deny life’s down points, tragedies, and disappointments. Instead we should see them as an opportunity to cling to what is true.

Generations past have done so.

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