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Responsory of Good Friday

Diviserunt Sibi

Diviserunt sibi is the second psalm sung in the ceremony of Good Friday. It is based on Psalm 21. The first verse opens with the words of Our Lord as He laments His abandonment at the hands of cruel men. Raised in agony upon the Cross, it seems that God the Father himself has abandoned His Son. Soldiers cast lots over His garments, but from this desolation Our Lord nears the moment when His sacrifice will achieve the Redemption of all mankind.

This rendition of Diviserunt sibi is performed by the Benedictine monks of Solesmes.



Listen to Diviserunt Sibi

Latin Lyrics:

Diviserunt sibi vestimenta mea,
Et super vestem meam miserunt sortem.

Deus, Deus meus, respice in me:
Quare me dereliquisti.
Longe a salute mea verba delictorum meorum.


Deus meus, clamabo per diem,
Et non exaudies:
Et nocte, et non ad insipientiam mihi.

Diviserunt sibi vestimenta mea,
Et super vestem meam miserunt sortem.

English Translation:

They parted my garments amongst them,
And upon my vesture they cast lots.

O God, my God, look at me,
Why hast Thou forsaken me.
Far from salvation are my cries & my sins (the sins I took upon myself).

O my God, I call Thee all day long,
And Thou dost not hear:
And by night, I am not silent either.

They parted my garments among them,
And upon my vesture they cast lots.

Diviserunt Sibi musical notation



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King David playing the harp


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