Media Vita


The Dominican version of Compline has maintained much of the variety which the Western Catholic Church suppressed following the Council of Trent (1545-1563). These include the responsory Media vita in place of the Nunc dimittis​ on Saturdays, Sundays, Solemnities and Feasts during the season of Lent. Above is a recording of the Media Vita sung by the brothers of St. Dominic Priory in St. Louis:


R: Media vita in morte sumus:
quem quaerimus adjutorem, nisi te Domine,
 qui pro peccatis nostris juste irasceris?
*Sancte Deus, sancte fortis,
sancte et misericors Salvator,
amarae morti ne tradas nos.

V: Ne proicias nos in tempore se nectutis;
cum defecerit virtus nostra,
ne derelinquas nos, Domine.*


R: In the midst of life, we are in death.
To whom do we look for help but to you, Lord,
whose anger, with good reason, is enkindled because of our sins?
* Holy God, holy Mighty One, holy and Merciful Savior,
give us not over to bitter death!

V: Do not reject us now that we are old;
when our strength fails do not forsake us, Lord.*

Have a blessed Lent!