My wife thinks I am crazy. During Mass this morning, a young lass from the parish choir got up and started to sing “O Filii et Filiae” (aka “O Sons and Daughters”). I turned to the Misselette and followed along…
(middle of the song)
That night th’apostles met in fear;
Amidst them came their Lord most dear,
And said, “My peace be on all here.”
When Thomas first the tidings heard,
How they had seen the risen Lord,
He doubted the disciples’ word.
“My piercèd side, O Thomas, see;
My hands, My feet, I show to thee;
Not faithless but believing be.”
No longer Thomas then denied;
He saw the feet, the hands, the side;
“Thou art my Lord and God,” he cried.
How blessed are they who have not seen,
And yet whose faith has constant been;
For they eternal life shall win.
It was a spectacular hymn that matched perfectly with the gospel reading about the Apostle Thomas. It is also one of the few hymns that I believe I can maintain tune and pitch throughout. I was really moved by the connection of the two and the beauty of the music.
Back to my story… I loved hearing it so much I went back home and went online to find a place to download a version of the hymn (paid for of course). I burned it on a CD, and then popped it in the car audio and started listening to it on our way to running an errand with the whole family. The wife gave me the funniest look as the first few notes from the song started to play… she thought we were back at Mass all over again!
Anyone else fall in love with a hymn or song you sang, or just heard, at Mass and couldn’t wait to find a version to add to your home library of music? Did your spouse or loved one think you were crazy?