Ubi caritas

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General Information

Before the liturgy reform of Vatican II, this was the eighth (and final) antiphon for the rite of the Washing of the Feet on Maundy Thursday (= Holy Thursday, the Thursday before Easter). Antiphon, Mode 6, in the Liber Usualis, p. 675. Nowadays it is the offertorium on Maundy Thursday (Graduale Triplex, p.168).

The original hymn was very long; only three verses are used in the rite. Its author is unknown, though the hymn is thought to have been written in France in the 10th century.

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Text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

Ubi caritas et amor, Deus ibi est.
Congregavit nos in unum Christi amor.
Exultemus, et in ipso iucundemur.
Timeamus, et amemus Deum vivum.
Et ex corde diligamus nos sincero.

Ubi caritas et amor, Deus ibi est.
Simul ergo cum in unum congregamur:
Ne nos mente dividamur, caveamus.
Cessent iurgia maligna, cessent lites.
Et in medio nostri sit Christus Deus.

Ubi caritas et amor, Deus ibi est.
Simul quoque cum beatis videamus,
Glorianter vultum tuum, Christe Deus:
Gaudium quod est immensum, atque probum,
Saecula per infinita saeculorum. Amen.

English.png English translation

Where charity and love are, God is there.
Christ's love has gathered us into one.
Let us rejoice and be pleased in Him.
Let us fear, and let us love the living God.
And may we love each other with a sincere heart.

Where charity and love are, God is there.
As we are gathered into one body,
Beware, lest we be divided in mind.
Let evil impulses stop, let controversy cease,
And may Christ our God be in our midst.

Where charity and love are, God is there.
And may we with the saints also,
See Thy face in glory, O Christ our God:
The joy that is immense and good,
Unto the ages through infinite ages. Amen.

French.png French translation

Où sont amour et charité, Dieu est présent.
C'est l'amour du Christ qui nous a rassemblés dans l'unité.
Réjouissons-nous, et en lui trouvons notre joie.
Respectons et aimons le Dieu vivant,
et d'un cœur sincère aimons-nous!

Où sont amour et charité, Dieu est présent.
Donc, alors que nous sommes réunis ensemble,
évitons ce qui pourrait diviser nos esprits.
Que cessent les mauvaises querelles, que cessent les litiges!
Et qu'au milieu de nous soit le Christ notre Dieu.

Où sont amour et charité, Dieu est présent.
Et aussi qu'ensemble, avec les bienheureux, nous puissions voir,
dans la gloire, votre visage, ô Christ notre Dieu:
joie qui est immense et pure
dans l'infinité des siècles des siècles. Amen.

Korean.png Korean translation

애덕과 사랑이 있는 곳에 천주 계시니
그리스도의 사랑이 우리를 하나로 모았노라
기뻐하세 주님 안에서 기쁨 누리세
살아있는 주를 경외하고 사랑하세
참된 가슴으로 서로를 사랑하세

애덕과 사랑이 있는 곳에 천주 계시니
우리가 모두 하나로 모였으니
우리의 마음이 갈라지지 않을까 조심하세
악한 다툼도 논쟁도 그치거라
그리하여 우리 가운데 그리스도 계시기를

애덕과 사랑이 있는 곳에 천주 계시니
그리하여 성인들과 함께 영광 안에
천주 그리스도 주님의 용안을 뵐 수 있도록
크나크고 참된 기쁨
대대로 영원토록. 아멘.