Marian/Martyr Collect in an. . . Anime!?

I was recently watching an anime which my friend recommended entitled Elfen Lied (which I would not recommend but to the most mature of readers). The beginning of the show has an opening line which sounded strangely familiar. When I did a little research, I found that it is actually a latin song, composed of several parts from the medieval Latin liturgy: most specifically, Psalm 36:30, ‘The Collect for One Martyr’ and a part of the ‘Ave Mun Di Spes’ (Hail Hope of the World), which is a medieval liturgical hymn which is part of the greater service “Officium de Beata Maria Virgine in Sabbato” dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary.

I wanted to share the lyrics with you as well as a video from YouTube which showcases this haunting melody:

Os lusti meditabitur sapientiam
Et lingua eius loquetur iudicium
Beatus vir qui sufferit tentationem
Quoniam cum probatus fuerit accipiet coronam vitae

Kyrie Eleison
Kyrie, Ignis Divine
Kyrie Eleison

O quam sancta,
quam serena,
quam benigna,
quam amoena esse virgo creditur!
O castitatis lilium,
tuum precare filium,
qui salus est humilium

The mouth of the just shall meditate wisdom
And his tongue shall speak judgment
Blessed the man who resists temptation
For when proved he shall receive the crown of life
Lord, Divine Fire, have mercy

Lord, have mercy!
Lord, divine fire, have mercy!
Lord have mercy!

Oh how holy
How serene
How benevolent, how comforting,
Oh lily of chastity
Pray to your son who is health to the humble

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4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Joseph
    Aug 08, 2009 @ 16:07:51

    Not seeing the youtube video. :/

    Reply

  2. Tony-Allen
    Aug 08, 2009 @ 16:52:22

    I think many times the Japanese writers add these things in for their artist/symbolic nature rather than their relevance. Hellsing did that a lot too.

    Reply

  3. Anime
    Sep 26, 2009 @ 21:01:06

    Hey, you have a great blog here! I’m definitely going to bookmark you!
    Thank you for your info. [the next section of this post has been deleted due to advertising a link]

    Reply

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