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Te Deum
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The Te Deum, known by its opening verse (Te Deum laudamus – “We praise you God”), is among the most ancient and popular extra-biblical Latin liturgical hymns. Comprising 29 verses, the hymn offers communal praise to God as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Trinity) and professes the saving work of the Son. Although long identified as the “Ambrosian Hymn,” there is no scholarly consensus on the authorship or origin. References to the text first appear in the 5th century CE; it is widely att…

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Dunkle, Brian, “Te Deum”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 04 October 2023 <>
First published online: 2018

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