You are God, we praise you.
You are Lord, we acclaim you.
All creation worships you,
the Father everlasting.
To you all angels, all the powers of heaven,
cherubim and seraphim, sing in endless praise:
Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might,
heaven and earth are full of your glory.
The glorious company of apostles praise you.
The noble fellowship of prophets praise you.
The white-robed army of martyrs praise you.
Throughout the world the holy Church acclaims you:
Father, of majesty unbounded,
your true and only Son, worthy of all worship,
the Holy Spirit, advocate and guide.
You, Christ, are the king of glory,
the eternal Son of the Father.
When you became human to set us free
you did not spurn the virgin’s mother’s womb.
Instead You overcame the sting of death,
and opened the kingdom of heaven to all believers.
You are seated at God’s right hand in glory.
We believe that you will come again to be our judge.
Come then, Lord, and help your people,
bought with the price of your own blood,
and bring us with your saints
to glory everlasting.
[This ancient and beautiful prayer dates from the fourth century and is a most appropriate prayer for this Sunday when Chrisrians throughout the world honor God as the Holy Trinity. In Latin, the first line is “Te Deum laudamus” and in English “We praise you, O God”]