Mass For The Holy Year 2000 (2000) for SATB soloists, chorus and orchestra.

Thomas Oboe Lee

About this work:

Published by Theodore Presser Company/Merion Music, Inc. Premiere performance by the University Chorale of Boston College. John Finney, Music Director.


Kyrie eleison.

Christe eleison.

Kyrie eleison.


II. MEDITATION. Poem by Elizabeth Kirschner (b. 1955)

Out of myself, I was looking for God

in silken streams the moon was told

where I bent down in ancient night

over my people, my death, my soul.

I think I haunt the hills around.

I think God loves the blackest sound,

the cry, the wind, the world's low whine,

God is alone where we abound.

Though we play at war up 'til the end

his love blazes into pain and back again

when deeply down and down we go

embalmed in his sweet amen.

Now we are lost, we sing to thee

joy may wander but never leave.

Now we are dead, we rise and praise,

permit us---just once!---your glory.



Gloria in excelsis Deo, et in terra pax hominibus bonae voluntatis.

Laudamus te, benedicimus te, adoramus te, glorificamus te.

Gratias agimus tibi propter magnam gloriam tuam.

Domine Deus, rex coelestis, pater omnipotens, domine fili unigenite,

Jesu Christe, altissime domine Deus, agnus Dei, filius patris.

Qui tollis peccata mundi miserere nobis, suscipe deprecationem nostram.

Qui sedes ad dexteram patris, miserere nobis.

Quoniam tu solus sanctus, tu solus dominus, tu solus altissimus, Jesu Christe.

Cum sancto spiritu in gloria Dei patris. A-men.


IV. TRUTH. Poem by Claude McKay (1890-1948)

Lord, shall I find it in Thy Holy Church,

or must I give it up as something dead,

Forever lost, no matter where I search,

Like Dinosaurs within their ancient bed?

I found it not in years of Unbelief,

In Science stirring life like budding trees,

In Revolution like a dazzling thief---

Oh, should I find it on my bended knees?

So, what is Truth? So Pilate asked Thee, Lord,

So long ago when Thou wert manifest,

As the Eternal and Incarnate Word,

Chosen of God and by Him singly blest,

In this vast world of lies and hate and greed,

Upon my knees, Oh Lord, for Truth I plead.



Credo in unum Deum.

Patrem omnipotentem, factorem coeli et terrae, visibilum omnium, et invisibilium 

Et in unum Dominum, Jesum Christum, filium Dei unigenitum, et ex patre natum ante omnia saecula,

Deum de Deo, lumen de lumine, Deum verum de Deo vero, genitum non factum, consubstantialem patri,

per quem omnia facta sunt, qui propter nos homines et propter nostram salutem descendit de coelis.

Et incarnatus est de spiritu sancto ex Maria virgine, et homo factus est.

Crucifixus etiam pro nobis sub Pontio Pilato, passus et sepultus est.

Et resurrexit tertia die, secundum scripturas, et ascendit in coelum, sedet ad dexteram patris,

et iterum venturus est cum gloria judicare vivos et mortuos; cujus regni non erit finis.

Et in spiritum sanctum, dominum et vivificantem, qui ex patre filioque procedit,

qui cum patre et filio simul adoratur et conglorificatur, qui locutus est per prophetas.

Et unam sanctum catholicam et apostolicam ecclesiam.

Confiteor unum baptisma in remissionem peccatorum, et exspecto resurrectionem mortuorum,

et vitam venturi saeculi.  Amen. 


VI. AND I REMAIN WITH YOU. Poem by Edith Stein (1891-1942) (Translated from German by Waltraut Stein.)

Who are you, sweet light, that fills me

And illumines the darkness of my heart?

You lead me like a mother's hand,

And should you let go of me,

I would not know how to take another step.

You are the space

That embraces my being and buries it in itself.

Away from you it sinks into the abyss

Of nothingness, from which you raised it to the light.

You, nearer to me than I to myself

And more interior than my most interior

And still impalpable and intangible

And beyond any name:

Holy Spirit --- eternal love!



Sanctus, sanctus, sanctus, Dominus Deus Sabaoth!

Pleni sunt coeli et terra gloria ejus.

Osanna in excelsis.

Benedictus qui venit in nomine domini.

Osanna in excelsis.


VIII. APRIL 4th 1968. Poem by Thomas Merton (1915-1968)

On a rainy night

On a rainy night in April

When everybody ran

Said the minister

On a balcony

Of a hotel in Tennessee

"We came at once


On a night

On a rainy night in April

When the shot was fired

Said the minister

"We came at once upstairs

And found him lying

After the tornado

On the balcony

We came at once upstairs"

On a rainy night

He was our hope

And we found a tornado

Said the minister.

And a well dressed white man

Said the minister.

Dropped the telescopic storm

And he ran

(The well-dressed minister of death)

He ran

He ran away

And on the balcony

Said the minister

We found Everybody dying



Agnus Dei qui tollis peccata mundi, miserere nobis.

Dona nobis pacem.

Year composed: 2000
Duration: 00:53:00
Ensemble type: Chorus, with or without Solo Voices:Chorus with Orchestra
Instrumentation notes: SATB chorus, four soloists, organ and orchestra.

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