Thursday, December 9, 2010

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

This Sunday is the 3rd Sunday of Advent and has been known historically as Gaudete Sunday. This name comes from the introit of the old mass ...


Gaudéte in Dómino semper: íterum dico, gaudéte.

Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I say, rejoice.
As something a little different, I've included a video of a medieval song called Gaudete. Enjoy.

Latin lyrics first, followed by English:


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

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

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

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

Ergo nostra contio
Psallat iam in lustro;
Benedicat Domino:
Salus Regi nostro.
And English:

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

The time of grace has come—
This that we have desired,
Verses of joy
Let us devoutly return.

God has become man,
Nature marveling,
The world has been renewed
By the reigning Christ.

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

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