Merry and Blessed Christmas!

성탄절 즐겁게 보내세요!

The Snow Lay on the Ground

The snow lay on the ground
The stars shone bright,
When Christ our Lord was born
On Christmas night.
Venite adoremus Dominum (O come, let us adore the Lord).

‘Twas Mary, daughter pure
Of holy Anne
That brought into this world
The God made man.
She laid him in a stall
At Bethlehem;
The ass and oxen shared
The roof with them.
Venite adoremus Dominum.

Saint Joseph, too, was by
To tend the child;
To guard him, and protect
His mother mild:
The angels hovered round,
And sung this song,
Venite adoremus Dominum.

And thus that manger poor
Became a throne;
For he whom Mary bore
Was God the Son.
O come, then, let us join
The heavenly host,
To praise the Father, Son,
and Holy Ghost.
Venite adoremus Dominum!

God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen

God rest you merry, gentlemen,
Let nothing you dismay,
Remember Christ our Saviour
Was born on Christmas Day;
To save us all from Satan’s power
When we were gone astray.
O tidings of comfort and joy, comfort and joy;
O tidings of comfort and joy.

From God our heavenly Father
A blessed angel came;
And unto certain shepherds
Brought tidings of the same;
How that in Bethlehem was born
The Son of God by name.
O tidings ….

“Fear not, then,” said the angel,
“Let nothing you affright;
This day is born a Saviour,
Of pure virgin bright,
To free all those who trust in him
From Satan’s power and might.”
O tidings ….

Now to the Lord sing praises,
All you within this polace,
And with true love and brotherhood
Each other now embrace;
This holy tide of Christmas
Doth bring redeeming grace.
O tidings ….

Fantasia on Greensleeves — Ralph Vaughan Williams

What child is this, who laid to rest,
On Mary’s lap is sleeping?
Whom angels greet with anthems sweet,
While shepherds watch are keeping?
This, this is Christ the King,
Whom shepherds greet and angels sing;
Haste, haste to bring him laud;
The babe, the son of Mary.


Thanks to St. John Cantius Church for including this (and more) in a preview of their midnight Christmas mass, and thereby directing my attention to this music.

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