Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Latin for the Masses

Today’s Christmas hymn is steeped in tradition and in history. Without going into the entire history, suffice it to say, this hymn was written for Advent and Christmas based upon Veni, Veni, Emmanuel, which is based upon the O Antiphons. These antiphons are used during the last few days of Advent and on the same days in Catholic Mass.

It was translated into English in 1861, as well as other languages such as German. The traditional singer, like Loreena McKennitt, uses the Latin version of this song, which gives it a majestic and sober sound. The version I chose of this song is by Enya, and even though she sings a combined version, she also gives it a very sober and reverent sound. Lyrics are interchanged among a number of English versions with a touch of Latin.

Latin

Veni, veni Emmanuel!
Captivum solve Israel!
Qui gemit in exilio,
Privatus Dei Filio,
Gaude, gaude, Emmanuel
nascetur pro te, Israel.
Veni o Jesse virgula!
Ex hostis tuos ungula,
De specu tuos tartari
Educ, et antro barathri.
Gaude, gaude, Emmanuel
nascetur pro te, Israel.
Veni, veni o oriens!
Solare nos adveniens,
Noctis depelle nebulas,
Dirasque noctis tenebras.
Gaude, gaude, Emmanuel
nascetur pro te, Israel.
Veni clavis Davidica!
Regna reclude coelica,
Fac iter Tutum superum,
Et claude vias Inferum.
Gaude, gaude, Emmanuel
nascetur pro te, Israel.
Veni, veni Adonai!
Qui populo in Sinai
Legem dedisti vertice,
In maiestate gloriae.
Gaude, gaude, Emmanuel
nascetur pro te, Israel.

English

O Come O Come Emmanuel

O come, O come, Emmanuel,
And ransom captive Israel,
That mourns in lonely exile here,
Until the Son of God appear.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel

Shall come to thee, O Israel.

O come, Thou Rod of Jesse, free
Thine own from Satan's tyranny;
From depths of hell Thy people save,
And give them victory o'er the grave.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel


Shall come to thee, O Israel.
O come, Thou Dayspring, from on high,
And cheer us by Thy drawing nigh;
Disperse the gloomy clouds of night,
And death's dark shadows put to flight.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel

Shall come to thee, O Israel.

O come, Thou Key of David, come
And open wide our heav'nly home;
Make safe the way that leads on high,
And close the path to misery.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel.


O come, Adonai, Lord of might,
Who to Thy tribes, on Sinai's height,
In ancient times didst give the law
In cloud and majesty and awe.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel.

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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

A Bitter Divide Drove a Man to Pen a Poem

This Christmas carol has a lot of sadness attached to it, but it was written in an attempt to bring hope to the rest of the world at a time when everyone was so divided.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, an American poet, writes from the depth of his deepest despair to bring us the poem that became a beloved Christmas carol.

At this time in his life, he faced the loss of his wife of 18 years to a tragic fire, and the loss of his son as his son took up arms for the Union during the Civil War against his father’s wishes. While his son survived, he was severely injured during the Battle of New Hope Church in Virginia during the Mine Run Campaign in December of 1863.

As Mr. Longfellow embraced his sorrow and watched the country become torn from the bitter fight between the states, he sat down and wrote about his feelings.

His poem Christmas Bells speaks of the sadness that he felt whenever he heard the sounds of the bells chiming. Since there was no peace between men, they reminded him that the land was divided. He said that the hate was strong and mocked the song of peace on earth and goodwill to men. Luke 2:14

In conclusion, he decided that the sound of the bells may bring hope for peace among men.

Mr. Longfellow wrote this poem on Christmas Day in 1863 right after the Mine Run Campaign. It was first published in 1865 and included the verses regarding the Civil War that we normally do not sing when we sing this song. Here is the original poem:

Christmas Bells

I heard the bells on Christmas Day
Their old, familiar carols play,

and wild and sweet
The words repeat

Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

And thought how, as the day had come,
The belfries of all Christendom

Had rolled along
The unbroken song

Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

Till ringing, singing on its way,
The world revolved from night to day,

A voice, a chime,
A chant sublime

Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

Then from each black, accursed mouth
The cannon thundered in the South,

And with the sound
The carols drowned

Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

It was as if an earthquake rent
The hearth-stones of a continent,

And made forlorn
The households born

Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

And in despair I bowed my head;
"There is no peace on earth," I said;

"For hate is strong,
And mocks the song

Of peace on earth, good-will to men!"

Then pealed the bells more loud and deep:
"God is not dead, nor doth He sleep;

The Wrong shall fail,
The Right prevail,

With peace on earth, good-will to men."

The poem got its music in 1872 and was titled I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day. It has had a couple musical accompaniments attached to it over the years, but the one most commonly heard is the one from 1956 when Johnny Marks of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer gave us the version that Bing Crosby and others recorded.

While we normally hear the version by Marks, the original from 1848, the Calkin version, is still sung by more traditional singers like Johnny Cash or the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

Here are the lyrics that we sing today:

I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day

I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day
I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day
Their old familiar carols play,
And wild and sweet the words repeat
Of peace on earth, good will to men

I thought how, as the day had come,
The belfries of all Christendom
Had rolled along the unbroken song
Of peace on earth, good will to men

And in despair I bowed my head:
"There is no peace on earth," I said,
"For hate is strong and mocks the song
Of peace on earth, good will to men"

Then pealed the bells more loud and deep:
"God is not dead, nor doth he sleep,
The wrong shall fail, the right prevail,
With peace on earth, good will to men"

Till, ringing singing, on it's way,
The world revolved from night to day,
A voice, a chime, a chant sublime,
Of peace on earth, good will to men!

I SO miss this lovely voice and have for many years. May her voice bring you joy.

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Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Not so Well Known

This week’s sing along is one of those songs that you may not have heard before. It’s a pretty tune, and it has been around since the 1700s. The exact date it was written is a little sketchy. It was found in a psalm book from the 1700s that had not been updated since1696. Until they included this song, the Anglican Church could not sing any hymn that had not been written by King David. Their book, New Version of the Psalms of David from 1696 was updated with a supplement in 1700. It included this Christmas hymn. 

This hymn is based on the Gospel of Luke 2:8-14, which says:

8And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9An angel of the LORD appeared to them, and the glory of the LORD shone around them, and they were terrified. 10But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the LORD. 12This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger." 13Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, 14"Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests."

If you are not familiar with this passage, then Linus will be happy to tell you all about it.


These are the words that were used when Poet Laureate Nahum Tate wrote his Christmas carol. While there were a couple versions of it, as so often is the case where the music is concerned, the most commonly used music is titled Winchester Old in the United Kingdom. The United States version is a variation of a Handel aria. The song was not published until 1833.

While Shepherd’s Watched Their Flocks by Night

While shepherds watched their flocks by night,
All seated on the ground,
The angel of the Lord came down,
And glory shone around.
"Fear not," said he, for mighty dread
Had seized their troubled mind,
"Glad tidings of great joy I bring
To you and all mankind. "


"To you, in David's town this day,
Is born of David's line
The Savior who is Christ the Lord,
And this shall be the sign:
The heavenly Babe you there shall find
To human view displayed,
All meanly wrapped in swathing bands,
And in a manger laid. "


Thus spake the seraph, and forthwith
Appeared a shining throng
Of angels praising God and thus
Addressed their joyful song:
"All glory be to God on high
And on the earth be peace,
Goodwill henceforth from heaven to men
Begin and never cease. "

This version is a United Kingdom version sung to the Winchester Old tune.

While it may not be a common song, it is a majestic song, and the boys choir did a wonderful job on it. As only boys whose voices have not changed can do.

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Enjoy!
Julie