|Annuciation to the Shepherds William Blake, 1809|
It is the Eve of Christmas. On this day we continue to ponder the extraordinary, a virgin carrying the Son of God in her womb.
O great mystery and wondrous sacrament, that animals should see the newborn Lord lying in their manger. Blessed is the Virgin whose womb was worthy to bear the Lord Jesus Christ. Alleluia!
There is a savior coming soon.
Gaudete, gaudete! Christus est natus/Rejoice, rejoice! Christ is born
Ex Maria virgine, gaudete!/Out of the Virgin Mary, rejoice!
Tempus adest gratiae/The time of grace has come -
Hoc quod optubamus/What we have wished for,
Carmina taetitiae/Songs of joy
Devote reddamus/Let us give back faithfully.
Deaus homo factus est/God has become man.
Natura mirante/To the wonderment of Nature.
Mundus renovatus est/The world has been renewed
A Christo regnante/By the reigning Christ.
Ezechielis porte/The closed gate of Ezekiel
Clausa pertranistur/Is passed through.
Unde lux est orta/Whence the light is born.
Salus invenitur/Salvation is found.
Ergo nostra contio/Therefore let our gathering
Psallat iam in lustro/Now sing in brightness
Benedicat Domino/Let it give praise to the Lord:
Salus Regi nostro/Greeting to our King.