Monday, December 15, 2008

O Magnum Mysterium - O Great Mystery

The other day I found this touching piece, by composer Morten Lauridsen.

O magnum mysterium
et admirabile sacramentum,
ut animalia viderent

Dominum natum,

jacentem in pr├Žsepio.


Beata virgo, cujus viscera
meruerunt
portare
Dominum Christum, Alleluia!


Translation:

O great mystery

and wondrous sacrament,

that animals should see
the newborn Lord

lying in their manger.


Blessed is the Virgin
whose womb was worthy

to bear the Lord Jesus Christ.
Alleluia!


Alleluia, indeed. Thank you, Mr. Lauridsen, for this lovely composition. I think this will be what part of Heaven will sound like. For me, a measure of Advent Grace.

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