St. Cecilia's Abbey, UK
1. From the point
where the sun rises in the east,
to the uttermost end of the earth, let us sing
Christ our Prince, born of the Virgin Mary.
2. The blessed Author
of the world
put on a lowly body,
so that, freeing flesh by means of flesh,
what He made should not be lost.
3. Heavenly grace
enters the womb
of His chaste mother;
a maiden’s womb bears
secrets which she had not thought of.
4. The house of a
suddenly becomes the temple of God;
undefiled, knowing no man,
she conceives a Son by a word.
5. The mother has
brought forth Him
Whom Gabriel foretold,
Whom John had perceived, leaping
while enclosed in his mother’s womb.
6. He bears with
lying on hay,
He does not scorn the crib;
He is nourished with a little milk, He through
Whose power not even a bird goes hungry.
7. The chorus of
heaven’s citizens rejoices,
and the angels sing of God;
the Shepherd and Creator of all
is made manifest to the shepherds.
8. O Jesus, glory be
Who were born of the Virgin,
with the Father and the loving Spirit,
for ever and ever. Amen.
Liber Hymnarius page 22
Christmas hymn at Lauds
Note: The Latin text is from the Liber Hymnarius (Abbaye Saint-Pierre de Solesmes, 1998, page 22) and used with permission from The Abbaye Saint-Pierre, Solesmes, France. To obtain the music with updated notation, please purchase the Liber Hymnarius ( solesmes.com ). An earlier version may be found in the Antiphonale Monasticum (1934); but music and text may vary.