Monday, 24 December 2012

In cordis iubilo...

In cordis iubilo,
Christum natum adoremus
Cum novo cantico.
The refrain from my favourite Christmass hymn, Puer Natus; with a glad heart let us worship the new-born Christ with a new song. It can be sung beautifully by the simplest of choirs, provided they sing in tune, and can be very lively - ideal for a procession before high Mass with as many crucifers and taperers as you like. It has been some time now since I heard it.
I do not celebrate Christmass according to the Gregorian Kalendar and so I'll leave it at that, but for those of you who do, may I wish you all the temporal and spiritual blessings in the Lord on the sacred solemnity of His birth.
Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace to men of good will.
(I always preferred this translation, the Douay-Rheims, to the Authorized version, since the Latin quite clearly says: "pax hominibus bonae voluntatis.")

1 comment:

  1. Yes, Puer Natus is a great Christmas hymn, each verse being a concise summary of the truths of the Faith.
    Happy Christmas to you and all your readers.