Attende Domine is an unaccompanied penitential motet for use during the Lenten season. The motet uses text from a Mozarabic Hymn dating back to the tenth century, which begins with the antiphon ‘Attende Domine, et miserere, quia peccavimus tibi’ (Hear, O Lord, and have mercy, for we have sinned against Thee), first heard as an ethereal alto line. The interspersed verses call for God to have mercy on us, who have been redeemed at such a great price, and explores various choral colours to reflect the text. The work was composed specifically for the East of England Singers ‘Music in Quiet Places’ concert held in St Mary’s Church, Clifton Village, Nottingham, on Saturday 6 March 2010.
R. Attende Domine, et miserere, quia peccavimus tibi.
Ad te Rex summe, omnium redemptor, oculos nostros sublevamus flentes: exaudi, Christe, supplicantum preces. R. Dextera Patris, lapis angularis, via salutis, ianua caelestis, ablue nostri maculas delicti. R. Rogamus, Deus, tuam maiestatem: auribus sacris gemitus exaudi: crimina nostra placidus indulge. R. Tibi fatemur crimina admissa: contrito corde pandimus occulta: tua Redemptor, pietas ignoscat. R.
R. Hearken, O Lord, and have mercy, for we have sinned against Thee.
Crying, we raise our eyes to Thee, Sovereign King, Redeemer of all. Listen, Christ, to the pleas of the supplicant sinners. R. Thou art at the Right Hand of God the Father, the Keystone, the Way of salvation and Gate of Heaven, cleanse the stains of our sins. R. O God, we beseech Thy majesty to hear our groans; to forgive our sins. R. We confess to Thee our consented sins; we declare our hidden sins with contrite heart; in Thy mercy, O Redeemer, forgive them. R.