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  • Gaudete, Gaudete! Christus est natus ex Maria Virgine: Gaudete!

    Posted on December 25, 2013 by in Uncategorized

    Nativity scene – St Michael the Archangel, Chirbury, Shropshire.

    Merry Christmas.  Ros and I spent the start of Christmas morning singing this joyful Christmastide hymn whilst we were washing up.  The original ‘Steeleye Span’ folk band version is still by far the best and enbodies the essence of this 15th century invocation of the birth of Christ and the hope for rebirth and new beginnings.  Bless you one and all.

    Gaudete, Gaudete! Christus est natus (Rejoice, Rejoice! Christ is born)
    Ex Maria Virgine: Gaudete! (of the Virgin Mary: Rejoice!)

    The first page of ‘Gaudete’ in the original version of the Piae Cantiones.

    Tempus ad est gratiae (the time of grace has come)
    Hoc quod optabamus, (what we have wished for),
    Carmina laetitiae (songs of joy)
    Devote redamus (let us give back faithfully).

    Deus homo factus est (God has become man)
    Natura mirante, (with nature marvelling)
    Mundus renovatus est (the world has been renewed)
    A Christo regnante (with Christ who is reigning).

    Ezechielis porta (the closed gate of Ezekiel)
    Clausa pertransitor, (is passed through),
    Unde lux est orta (whence the light is raised)
    Salus invenitur (salvation is found).

    Ergo nostra contio (therefore let our gathering)
    Psallat iam in lustro (now sing in brightness),
    Benedicat Domino: (Let it give praise to the Lord:)
    Salus Regi nostro (Greeting to our King).