(lat. ‘Where love’) is composed in 1960 as a part of Duruflés Four Motets on Gregorian Themes. It is an antiphon from the liturgy of Holy Thursday. The text of an unknown author is based on the 1st Letter of John and is handed down in a manuscript from the monastery St. Gallen from the 8th century.
In a simple but moving Latin, the text of the hymn calls to the two forms of Christian caritas: love of God and love of neighbor. Without it one finds oneself in darkness, it is the highest gift, it fulfils the old and the new law (i.e. the Old and the New Testament). Love unites, where it is not, there is separation. The hymn also alludes to Mt 18:20 in biblical language. This hymn emphasizes in ever new poetic turns that love of God and neighbor is both the perfect and the completed life, and that love is the decisive point at which God and man become one.
Ubi caritas et amor
Deus ibi est.
Congregavit nos in unum Christi amor
exsultemus et in ipso iucundemur.
timeamus et amemus Deum vivum
et ex corde diligamus nos sincero.