Entertainment Music "Ubi Caritas" Lyrics and Translation Meaning and Context of the Gregorian Chant "Where Charity Is" Share PINTEREST Email Print Detail of Passion of Jesus Christ at Sacred Heart Church. Pascal Deloche/Getty Images Music Classical Music Lyrics Basics Operas Rock Music Pop Music Alternative Music Country Music Folk Music Rap & Hip Hop Rhythm & Blues World Music Punk Music Heavy Metal Jazz Latin Music Oldies Learn More By Aaron Green Music Expert B.A., Classical Music and Opera, Westminster Choir College of Rider University Aaron M. Green is an expert on classical music and music history, with more than 10 years of both solo and ensemble performance experience. our editorial process Aaron Green Updated February 17, 2018 What began as a Gregorian chant that some music scholars believe originated before the formation of the Catholic Mass, "Ubi Caritas" ("Where Charity Is") has evolved into many iterations and compositions. The actual origin of the chant is unknown and ambiguous, although musicologists and researchers believe it was written between 300 and 1100 CE. Another integral chant used in the Catholic Church, Agnus Dei (Lamb of God), was introduced into the Catholic mass in the late 600s. Settings and Rites Today "Ubi Caritas" is performed in a variety of settings and traditions, including its typical use as an antiphone during the Catholic Church's washing of feet ceremony. That ceremony is performed on Maundy Thursday (Holy Thursday), which is the Thursday before Easter Sunday commemorating the Last Supper where Jesus's washed his disciples' feet. "Ubi Caritas" is also sometimes performed during Eucharistic Adoration and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. Perhaps one of the most popular compositions of "Ubi Caritas" is by Maurice Durufle. Durufle composed the arrangement in 1960 as part of his Quatre motets sur des thèmes grégoriens, Op. 10, by using only the first stanza of the original chant. He also used the chant's original melody, layering and weaving it into a sublime, polyphonic, and understated choral work. Below are links to several different YouTube recordings of Ubi Caritas compositions. As you'll hear, though some share the same influences of the original chant, each piece is truly unique. Different Composers and Compositions of Ubi Caritas Each link in the chart below links to the version on YouTube. Maurice Durufle, Quatre motets sur des thèmes grégoriens op. 10 (1960)Performed by The Cambridge Singers Paul Mealor, Royal Wedding Choral Motet (2011)Performed by the Choir of Westminster Abbey Audry Assad, Inheritance (2016)Performed by Audry Assad Ola Gjeilo (1999)performed by Voces8 "Abbey Road x Decca Classics Sessions" Ivo Antognini, Commissioned by the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire (2015)Performed by the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire's Concert Choir Latin Text Ubi caritas et amor, Deus ibi est. Congregavit nos in unum Christi amor. Exsultemus, et in ipso jucundemur. 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 Translation Where charity and love are, God is there. Love of Christ has gathered us into one. Let us rejoice in Him and be glad. Let us fear, and let us love the living God. And from a sincere heart let us love one. Where charity and love are, God is there. At the same time, therefore, are gathered into one: Lest we be divided in mind, let us beware. Let evil impulses stop, let controversy cease. And in the midst of us be Christ our God. Where charity and love are, God is there. At the same time we see that with the saints also, Thy face in glory, O Christ our God: The joy that is immense and good, Unto the World without end. Amen.