Hymn For the Year of Mercy

In Mass a couple of Sunday's ago, I was thinking about the song we sing after the consecration before communion and was curious what the English translation was.

Thanks to a little persistence and Google, I think I found what I was looking for. The National Catholic Register had an article talking about the Hymn.

Kathy Schiffer writes:

The title is drawn from John 6:36, Misericordes sicut Pater (English: Be Merciful, As Your Father Is), by English composer Paul Inwood.

Read more: http://www.ncregister.com/blog/kschiffer/vatican-announces-official-hymn-for-the-year-of-mercy/#ixzz43ayceAgd

So "Misericordes sicut Pater" is "Be Merciful, As Your Father Is".

The second part of the song, "in aeternum misericordia eius", was a little harder to find. Looking on some Latin translation sites and piecing some phrases together I think I found a close match.

His mercy is everlasting

With those Latin to English translations in mind, the song has had quite a bit more meaning to me right before and after communion the past couple of weeks. I hope that this helps you as well.

Have a great Holy Week and Year of Mercy!