Te Deum

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Te De·um

 (tā′ dā′əm, -o͞om, tē′ dē′əm)
A hymn of praise to God sung as part of a Christian liturgy.

[From Late Latin Tē Deum (laudāmus), You, God, (we praise), the opening words of the hymn : Latin , you + Latin deum, accusative of deus, god.]
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Te Deum

(ˌtiː ˈdiːəm)
1. (Ecclesiastical Terms) an ancient Latin hymn in rhythmic prose, sung or recited at matins in the Roman Catholic Church and in English translation at morning prayer in the Church of England and used by both Churches as an expression of thanksgiving on special occasions
2. (Classical Music) a musical setting of this hymn
3. (Ecclesiastical Terms) a service of thanksgiving in which the recital of this hymn forms a central part
[from the Latin canticle beginning Tē Deum laudāmus, literally: Thee, God, we praise]
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Te De•um

(teɪ ˈdeɪ ʊm, -əm, ti ˈdi əm)
a Christian hymn of praise to God, composed in Latin c400.
[< Late Latin, the first two words of the hymn (Tē Deum laudāmus we praise thee God)]
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Te Deum

A Latin phrase meaning Thee, God, used to mean a Roman Catholic hymn that begins with these words.
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An aged, partriarchal negro, who had grown gray and blind on the estate, now rose, and, lifting his trembling hand said, "Let us give thanks unto the Lord!" As all kneeled by one consent, a more touching and hearty Te Deum never ascended to heaven, though borne on the peal of organ, bell and cannon, than came from that honest old heart.
It was only known that on the following Sunday a Te Deum would be sung at Notre Dame in honor of the victory of Lens.
The following Sunday, then, the Parisians arose with joy; at that period a Te Deum was a grand affair; this kind of ceremony had not then been abused and it produced a great effect.
Many fanciful derivations of the word have been affirmed, but so high an authority as Father Jape says that it comes from a very obvious source -- the first words of the ancient Latin hymn Te Deum Laudamus .
The other day, at the Anniversary of the Independence, high mass was performed, the President partaking of the sacrament: during the Te Deum laudamus , instead of each regiment displaying the Peruvian flag, a black one with death's head was unfurled.
As the last momentous words of the angel died away a jubilant 'Te Deum' burst from, organ and choir, and every member of the congregation exulted, often with sobs, in the great triumph which brought salvation to every Christian soul.
His dangers being over, she sang Te Deum. He was her Europe: her emperor: her allied monarchs and august prince regent.
Every one knew that the Bell people had whipped the West- ern Union, and hastened to join in the grand Te Deum of applause.
Thus the Te Deum was sung with equal joy and confidence in both camps.
The Te Deum, Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis are substantial but emotionally less demanding fare, and three short organ works played by Stephen Cleobury - Paean, Master Tallis's Testament and Rhapsody No.3 - complete an excellent set captured in a spacious recording.
His masterwork 'Misa 2000,' with its Credo and Te Deum, composed for the Archdiocese of Manila, with its overtones of Bach and Handel, was, one imagines, the main argument for his winning the coveted National Artist Award.