Saturday, December 24, 2011

On Christmas Eve.

Though my 'official' Christmas post will be coming in a few hours, here is a little something for readers stopping by on Christmas Eve: James Montgomery's "Angels, from the Realms of Glory," sung here by the Choir of King's College, Cambridge under the direction of Stephen Cleobury. The tune is that of an old French carol, Les Anges dans nos campagnes, while the words are as follows:

Angels from the realms of glory,
Wing your flight o'er all the earth;
Ye who sang creation's story,
Now proclaim Messiah's birth:
Gloria in Excelsis Deo!
Gloria in Excelsis Deo!

Shepherds, in the fields abiding,
Watching o'er your flocks by night,
God with man is now residing,
Yonder shines the infant Light:
Gloria in Excelsis Deo!
Gloria in Excelsis Deo!

Sages, leave your contemplations,
Brighter visions beam afar;
Seek the great desire of nations,
Ye have seen His natal star:
Gloria in Excelsis Deo!
Gloria in Excelsis Deo!

Saints before the altar bending,
Watching long in hope and fear,
Suddenly the Lord, descending,
In His temple shall appear:
Gloria in Excelsis Deo!
Gloria in Excelsis Deo!

Peace, joy and consolation to all who read these lines. Merry Christmas! AMDG.


At 12/25/2011 3:16 PM, Blogger Barbara said...

Merry, merry Christmas, Joe. Thank you for sharing that lovely video. Angel, From the Realms of Glory is a carol I had discovered only as a middle-aged adult. The monks at Glastonbury Abbey would sing this every day in the interim between Christmas and Epiphany and I used to take some retreat time at the Abbey then.

At 12/25/2011 3:43 PM, Blogger Joe Koczera, S.J. said...

Thank you for the comment, Barbara - a very merry Christmas to you, too!


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