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Ubi Caritas et Amor, Deus ibi Est

“Where Charity and Love are, God is there”.

This is what Ubi Caritas et Amor Deus ibi Est means in Latin. Indeed Latin is a beautiful language and I would love to learn it. Think of the Latin phrases that we commonly use in English, i.e. (id est),  carpe diem, per se, per capita, per diem, bona fide, vice versa, de facto, et cetera. I guess anything you say in Latin makes you look classy – Totus Tuus.

I am a fan of Audrey Assad and have loved not only the way she sings but also the deep messages in her songs. One of my favorite songs in her latest album, Inheritance is her rendition of Ubi Caritas. I can’t count the number of times this song has been on repeat. The album itself has lovely psalms.

I’ve listened to it countless times without fully knowing its meaning. But a couple of days ago, I Googled. Ubi Caritas has been sung for years in the Roman Catholic church and more specifically during the ceremony of Washing of the Feet at the Mass of the Last Supper on Holy Thursday. It is associated with the Eucharist.

The song speaks of Christ’s love and how as Christians we are one in Him and we ought to love each other.

Below are the lyrics via Wikipedia

Ubi caritas et amor, Deus ibi est.
Congregavit nos in unum Christi amor.
Exsultemus, et in ipso jucundemur.
Timeamus, et amemus Deum vivum.
Et ex corde diligamus nos sincero.

Ubi caritas et amor, Deus ibi est.
Simul ergo cum in unum congregamur:
Ne nos mente dividamur, caveamus.
Cessent iurgia maligna, cessent lites.
Et in medio nostri sit Christus Deus.

Ubi caritas et amor, Deus ibi est.
Simul quoque cum beatis videamus,
Glorianter vultum tuum, Christe Deus:
Gaudium quod est immensum, atque probum,
Saecula per infinita saeculorum. Amen.

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