A couple of short Messianic Christmas hymns and salutations. The lyrics for each follow:
Hodie Christus natus est: hodie salvator apparuit:
Hodie in terra canunt angeli, laetantur archangeli:
Hodie exultant justi, dicentes: gloria in excelsis Deo: Alleluia.
O Sapientia, quae ex ore Altissimi prodiisti,
attingens a fine usque ad finem,
fortiter suaviterque disponens omnia:
veni ad docendum nos viam prudentiae.
Today Christ is born: Today the Saviour appeared:
Today on Earth the Angels sing, Archangels rejoice:
Today the righteous rejoice, saying: Glory to God in the highest: Alleluia.
O Wisdom, coming forth from the mouth of the Most High,
reaching from one end to the other mightily,
and sweetly ordering all things:
Come and teach us the way of prudence.
This is a Christmas chant which has been adapted to a polyphonic / homophonic melody. The background image is Bartolome Esteban Murillo’s “Adoration of the Shepherds”. Here follows the English and Latin words to this shortened version:
O magnum mysterium, et admirabile sacramentum,
ut animalia viderent Dominum natum,
jacentem in praesepio! Alleluia!
O great mystery, and wonderful sacrament,
that animals should see the new-born Lord,
lying in a manger! Alleluia!
At the Shrine of the Nativity of Our Lord, in Bethlehem, a group of Chinese pilgrims prays and sings. St. Anthony of Padua statue is at video’s end.
Franciscan Father Joseph, from Nigeria, is one of a group of Franciscans entrusted to care the for the most sacred Christian places in the Holy Land. He displays his apparently very old keys–it is time to close the Nativity Shrine, where Jesus was born, in Bethlehem, until tomorrow.
O little town of Bethlehem
How still we see thee lie
Above thy deep and dreamless sleep
The silent stars go by
Yet in thy dark streets shineth
The everlasting Light
The hopes and fears of all the years
Are met in thee tonight
For Christ is born of Mary
And gathered all above
While mortals sleep, the angels keep
Their watch of wondering love
O morning stars together
Proclaim the holy birth
And praises sing to God the King
And Peace to men on earth
How silently, how silently
The wondrous gift is given!
So God imparts to human hearts
The blessings of His heaven.
No ear may his His coming,
But in this world of sin,
Where meek souls will receive him still,
The dear Christ enters in.
O holy Child of Bethlehem
Descend to us, we pray
Cast out our sin and enter in
Be born to us today
We hear the Christmas angels
The great glad tidings tell
O come to us, abide with us
Our Lord Emmanuel
In today’s Gospel on this Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord we have the story of the three Magi or wise men from the east who, following the star, come to the newborn Savior with the gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. Fr Bonaventure explains the significance of these gifts as well as the three wise men in the public manifestation (epiphany) of the newborn Christ, fulfilling the ancient prophecies and pointing to the events of His life, especially the other epiphany events, His Baptism, the Miracle at Cana and the Transfiguration. Ave Maria! Mass: Epiphany of the Lord – Solemnity – Form: OF Readings: 1st: isa 60:1-6 Resp: psa 72:1-2, 7-8, 10-11, 12-13 2nd: eph 3:2-3, 5-6 Gsp: mat 2:1-12
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