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Holy Week Liturgy

O Vos Omnes

Responsory

O vos omnes, qui transitis per viam (O all you who walk by on the road) is a responsory, sung as part of the Tenebrae Responsories for Holy Saturday in Holy Week. The text is adapted from the Latin Vulgate translation of Lamentations 1:12. It is a sad appeal to man to take note of the sorrow of Our Lord during His Passion and of Our Lady at the foot of the Cross.

This version was set by 16th century Spanish composer Tomás Luis de Victoria (two settings for four voices). Victoria was one of the most important Sacred Music composers of the Counter-Reformation.

Listen to O Vos Omnes



V. O vos omnes qui transitis per viam,
attendite et videte:

R. Si est dolor similis sicut dolor meus.

V. Attendite, universi populi,
et videte dolorem meum.

R. Si est dolor similis sicut dolor meus.

O all you who walk by on the road,
attend and see:

If there be any sorrow like my sorrow.

Attend, all people of the world,
and see my sorrow:

R. If there be any sorrow like my sorrow.

o vos omnes 

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