Today's selection is "In jejunio et fletu," a motet by the Portuguese Renaissance composer, Diogo Dias Melgás. It is based on the second chapter of Joel, and serves as the Matins Responsory for the First Sunday of Lent. (Playlist HERE, of course.)
In jejunio et fletu orabant sacerdotes:
Parce, Domine, parce populo tuo, et ne des hereditatem tuam in perditionem.
Inter vestibulum et altare plorabant sacerdotes, dicentes: Parce populo tuo.
In fasting and weeping the priests prayed:
Spare, O Lord, spare thy people, and give not thine inheritance to perdition.
Between the porch and the altar the priests wept, saying: Spare thy people.