Gaudete! For The Second Day of Christmas Print
Written by Sherry   
Saturday, 26 December 2009 11:31

The first page of this song, published in the Piae Cantiones, a collection of Finnish/Swedish sacred songs published in 1582.

Gaudete, gaudete! Christus est natus
Ex Maria virgine, gaudete!

Rejoice, rejoice! Christ is born
Of the Virgin Mary, rejoice!


Tempus adest gratiæ
Hoc quod optabamus,
Carmina lætitiæ
Devote reddamus.

The time of grace has come
That we have desired;
Let us devoutly return
Joyful verses.


Deus homo factus est
Natura mirante,
Mundus renovatus est
A Christo regnante.

God has become man,
And nature marvels;
The world has been renewed
By Christ who is King.


Ezechielis porta
Clausa pertransitur,
Unde lux est orta
Salus invenitur.

The closed gate of Ezechiel
Has been passed through;
Whence the light is born,
Salvation is found.


Ergo nostra contio
Psallat lam in lustro;
Benedicat Domino:
Salus Regi nostro.

Therefore let our gathering
Now sing in brightness
Let it give praise to the Lord:
Greeting to our King.


in an exquisite performance by the Libera, the professional British boy's group.. The first soloist with the angelic voice is Adam Harris.