It is Christmas Eve in the Holy Land. I don’t often speak explicitly about my faith, but it’s no secret that I am a devoutly believing Christian. While the exact date is open to debate, Jesus was born – amazing event! – just about an hour’s walk from where I’m sitting.
Here is a modern take by the “Mediaeval Baebes” on a traditional Latin hymn, Gaudete!Refrain: Gaudete! gaudete! Christus est natus ex Maria Virgine. Gaudete! (Rejoice! rejoice! Christ is born of the Virgin Mary! Rejoice!) 1. Tempus adest gratiæ hoc quod optabamus,
Carmina lætitiæ devote reddamus. (Now is the time of grace for which we have been hoping, Let us faithfully return songs of joy.) 2. Deus homo factus est natura mirante,
Mundus renovatus est a Christo regnante. (God is become man, nature marvels, The world is renewed by the reigning Christ.) 3. Ezechielis porta clausa pertransitur,
Unde lux est orta salus invenitur. (Ezechiel’s closed gate has been breeched, Where light is found, salvation is discovered.) 4. Ergo nostra contio psallat iam in lustro;
Benedicat Domino: salus Regi nostro. (So let our gathering now sing brightly; Praise the Lord, salute our King.)