“Non Nobis, Domine”

For many years “Non Nobis, Domine” was sung at graduation. Since there is a paucity of  graduation programs from the early days, I have no idea when the school began this tradition; however, in 1991, the song disappeared from the Graland graduation. No one could tell me why when I complained. Oh, did I complain! Someone told me the song no longer made sense to the students and was too religious.

A bit of history of the song:  Non nobis is a short Latin hymn used as a prayer of thanksgiving and expression of humility:

Non, nobis, Domine, non nobis,
Sed nomini tuo da gloriam

Translated as. . .
Not unto us, O Lord, not unto us,
but to thy name give the glory.

Its history spans from the Knights Templar during the Crusades to Kenneth Branagh’s version of Shakespeare’s HENRY V ( composed by Patrick Doyle). In fact, there have been many versions of the hymn. Even Rudyard Kipling receives credit for a “version” of the hymn.

Doyle’s version still chills me: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z1GDRx-F1C0

As we look to the future, we should also look to the past -- just like Janus, the Roman god of beginnings and endings.

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Graland Country Day School is a private school in Denver, Colorado, serving students in preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school. Founded in Denver in 1924, Graland incorporates a rich, experiential learning approach in a traditional classroom setting, emphasizing the development of globally and socially conscious leaders who excel academically.