Adoramus Te, Christe

Monteverdi (Bernardo Strozzi, 1630)

On this feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, here are two musical settings of the refrain Adoramus Te, whose full text runs:

Adoramus te, Christe,
et benedicimus tibi:
quia per sanctam crucem
tuam redemisti mundum.

We adore Thee, O Christ, and we bless Thee, for by Thy holy Cross, Thou hast redeemed the world.

Here is Monteverdi’s 1620 motet, as sung by Voces8:

And here is a modern rendition, by Théodore  Dubois (+1924), which is a favorite and standard of our own schola, as sung here by the Benedictines of Mary sisters: