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.


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

English:
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.
Alleluia.


2 Comments:

Blogger Robert J. Moeller said...

Hey, I randomly found your blog today and I'm glad that I did. Very interesting stuff. I'm a conservative blogger and seminary student in Chicago (rjmoeller.com). Keep up the good work!

9:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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

Mom

11:18 AM  

Post a Comment

Subscribe to Post Comments [Atom]

<< Home