Monday, June 29, 2009

O Magnum Mysterium

This is a recording of "O Magnum Mysterium" by Morten Lauridsen, written in 1994. I heard it for the first time this last Christmas at a concert at TAC, and really liked it. It has a mysterious, and what you might call a hauntingly beautiful quality to it. (I suppose it should be mysterious considering that the title when translated is "O Great Mystery".) This version was performed by the Nordic Chamber Choir.

O magnum mysterium
et admirabile sacramentum
ut animalia viderent Dominum natum
jacentem in praesepio.
O beata Virgo
cujus viscera meruerunt portare
Dominum Jesum Christum.

O great mystery
and wonderful sacrament
that animals should see the new-born Lord
lying in a manger.
O blessed Virgin
whose womb merited to bear
the Lord Jesus Christ.


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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, Elizabeth. Great music. How did I manage to raise a daughter with such impeccable taste?


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