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Absolve Domine

Thanks to those who responded to my query. I received four translations, each of which has interesting nuances of interpretation, so I've copied all of them below. It's truly amazing how international this list has become; the translations are from listers in the USA, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand!

TRANSLATIONS
1. Absolve, O Lord, the souls of all the faithful departed from every bond of sins. And by the help of Thy grace may they be enabled to escape the avenging judgement. And enjoy the bliss of everlasting light.

2. Absolve, Lord, the souls of all the faithful departed from every bond of sin. And with the help of your grace may they be able to escape the judgment of retribution. And enjoy the bliss of eternal light.

3. Absolve, Oh Lord, the souls of all the faithful departed from the chain of all their sins. And with your saving grace to avoid [their] deserved judgment of revenge. And to enjoy the blessing of [Your] eternal light.

4. Absolve O Lord the souls of all the faithful departed from every bond of sin And with grace of Thine (giving) them assistance may they deserve to escape the judgement of vengeance And of light everlasting the blessedness to enjoy.

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Ross C. Bernhardt, D.M.A.
Director of Choral Activities
Lambuth University
705 Lambuth Blvd.
Jackson, TN 38301
(901) 425-3248
bernhard@lambuth.edu