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This beautiful and gentle Christmas hymn was written by the convert to Catholicism Edward Caswall, better know to many as the translator of hymns such as Pange Lingua Gloriosi, O Salutaris Hostia, Quicunque certum quaertis, and the Stabat Mater Doloros…
With just a few days left in the tax year, I thought I would mention some liturgical giving opportunities for those interested in making some last-minute donations.The Church Music Association of America, through its scholarly journal, enormous bank of…
Here is one relatively new (c. 2005) hymn and two very old hymns with fresh translations, to round out your Christmas season.
Please feel free to use the translations freely this year. The Holy Family hymn may be used with the purchase of this collection.
Across to western rims of earth,
Unto the Virgin-born they ring:
The Church’s songs to Christ, the King.
Is in a servile body dressed,
That flesh by flesh might be set free
that what he made to be would be.
is virginally reached by grace.
Within her virgin womb there grows
a secret that nobody knows
This chaste heart’s home has suddenly
The Lord’s own temple come to be.
Unknown by man, and not undone,
a word made her conceive the Son.
Whom Gabriel made known before,
And Who, when hearing Mary’s voice,
before he saw Him, John rejoiced,
He willed the manger where he lay;
and He who keeps the birds replete
has just a little milk to eat.
and angels sing with joyful cries:
to shepherds is their Maker shown,
and as a Shepherd he is known.
be glory as is ever due
whom with the Father we adore
and Spirit blest forevermore.
This Christmas Eve, once again there will be many people coming to Mass who are currently outside of Catholic practice for one reason or another.Most people are aware of Catholic sacramental discipline and wish to observe it.But in many parishes, usher…
The angel’s final trumpet shakes the ground,
And saints who died in Christ with life are crowned.
Lives for that day: the harvest morning’s mirth,
When bodies rise to share the souls’ rebirth.
At this life’s close, in mysteries of grace,
Her soul and body to the heav’ns were raised.
Righteously made, unseparated whole,
Her first beginnings mastering the goal,
Blade, ear and fruit inestimably grow.
The harvest grain-bins fill and overflow.
Meter: 10.10.10 with alleluia Suggested tune: Sine nomine, or others:
On this Vigil of Our Lady’s great feast, I wanted to draw our readers’ attention to an exciting new album by the Dominican Friars in Washington DC, called Ave Maria: Dominican Chant for the Immaculate Conception.This is a …
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