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Nativity - Giotto. Lower Church, Assisi (1310)

Nativity - Giotto. Lower Church, Assisi (1310) Photo: Public Domain

FOURTH SUNDAY OF ADVENT

SONG: GAUDETE, CHRISTUS EST NATUS

Artist: Theater of Voices, Paul Hillier (dir)
Words/Music: Anon/Anon
Recording: Harmonia Mundi HMX 2977079

Refrain:
Gaudete, gaudete! Christus est natus
Ex Maria virgine, gaudete!


Tempus adest gratiæ
Hoc quod optabamus,
Carmina lætitiæ
Devote reddamus.
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Deus homo factus est
Natura mirante,
Mundus renovatus est
A Christo regnante.
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Ezechielis porta
Clausa pertransitur,
Unde lux est orta
Salus invenitur.
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Ergo nostra concio
Psallat iam in lustro;
Benedicat Domino:
Salus Regi nostro.
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SONG: GO, TELL IT ON THE MOUNTAIN

Artist: The Trinity Choir, Boston
Words/Music: Trad adapted Work/Trad
Recording: Dorian DOR 93240

Refrain:
Go, tell it on the mountain,
over the hills and everywhere;
go, tell it on the mountain
that Jesus Christ is born!


While shepherds kept their watching
o’er silent flocks by night,
behold, throughout the heavens
there shone a holy light.
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The shepherds feared and trembled
when lo! above the earth
rang out the angel chorus
that hailed our Savior’s birth
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Down in a lowly manger
the humble Christ was born,
and God sent us salvation
that blessed Christmas morn.
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SONG: HARK THE HERALD ANGELS SING

Artist: Festival Singers, Guy Jansen (dir), Roy Tankersley (organ)
Words/Music: C Wesley/Mendelssohn arr Willcocks
Recording: Festivity Productions FRPCD2007

Hark! The herald angels sing,
“Glory to the newborn king;
Peace on earth, and mercy mild,
God and sinners reconciled!”
Joyful, all ye nations rise,
Join the triumph of the skies;
With th’angelic host proclaim,
“Christ is born in Bethlehem!”

Refrain:
Hark! the herald angels sing,
“Glory to the newborn king!”


Christ, by highest heav’n adored;
Christ the everlasting Lord;
Late in time, behold Him come,
Offspring of a virgin’s womb.
Veiled in flesh the godhead see;
Hail th’incarnate deity,
Pleased with us in flesh to dwell,
Jesus our Emmanuel.
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Hail the heav’nly prince of peace!
Hail the sun of righteousness!
Light and life to all he brings,
Ris’n with healing in his wings.
Mild he lays his glory by,
Born that man no more may die.
Born to raise the sons of earth,
Born to give them second birth.
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SONG: WHAT CHILD IS THIS

Artist: Choir of Christ’s College, Cambridge, David Rowland (dir), Alexandra Jobling (organ)
Words/Music: Dix/Trad arr Stainer
Recording: Priory PRCD 721

What Child is this, who, laid to rest,
On Mary's lap is sleeping?
Whom angels greet with anthems sweet,
While shepherds watch are keeping?

Refrain:
This, this is Christ, the King,
Whom shepherds guard and angels sing:
Haste, haste to bring Him laud,
The Babe, the Son of Mary!


Why lies He in such mean estate,
Where ox and ass are feeding?
Good Christian, fear: for sinners here
The silent Word is pleading.
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So bring Him incense, gold, and myrrh,
Come, peasant, king to own Him.
The King of kings salvation brings;
Let loving hearts enthrone Him.
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SONG: SILENT NIGHT

Artist: Wellington Cathedral Choir, Philip Walsh (dir), Andrew Macmillan (organ)
Words/Music: Mohr trans Young/Gruber arr Maskill
Recording: Herald HAVPCD 224

[Maori words unavailable]

Silent night, holy night,
all is calm, all is bright
round yon virgin mother and child.
Holy infant, so tender and mild,
sleep in heavenly peace,
sleep in heavenly peace.

SONG: THE VIRGIN MARY HAD A BABY BOY

Artist: Oxford Pro Musica Singers
Words/Music: Trad/Trad
Recording: Proud Sound PROU CD 134

The Virgin Mary had a baby boy,
the Virgin Mary had a baby boy,
the Virgin Mary had a baby boy,
and they say that his name is Jesus.

Refrain:
He come from the glory,
he come from the glorious kingdom.
He come from the glory,
he come from the glorious kingdom.
O yes, believer! O yes, believer!
He come from the glory,
he come from the glorious kingdom.


The angels sang when the baby born,
the angels sang when the baby born,
the angels sang when the baby born,
and they say that his name is Jesus.
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The shepherds came where the baby born,
the shepherds came where the baby born,
the shepherds came where the baby born,
and they say his name is Jesus.
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SONG: JOY TO THE WORLD

Artist: Cambridge Singers, City of London Sinfonia, John Rutter (dir)
Words/Music: Watts/Handel arr Rutter
Recording: Collegium 880111

Joy to the world! the Lord is come: let earth receive her King.
Let every heart prepare him room,
and heaven and nature sing,
and heaven and nature sing,
and heaven, and heaven and nature sing.

Joy to the earth! the Savior reigns: let all their songs employ,
while fields and floods, rocks, hills, and plains
repeat the sounding joy,
repeat the sounding joy,
repeat, repeat the sounding joy.

He rules the world with truth and grace, and makes the nations prove
the glories of his righteousness
and wonders of his love,
and wonders of his love,
and wonders, wonders of his love.

SONG: DING DONG MERRILY ON HIGH

Artist: Choir of St John’s College, Cambridge, Andrew Nethsingha (dir), John Challenger (organ)
Words/Music: Woodward/Trad arr Willberg
Recording: Decca 443 401

Ding dong! Merrily on high,
In heaven the bells are ringing:
Ding dong! verily the sky
Is riven with angel singing.
Gloria, Hosanna in excelsis! [Repeat]

E'en so here below, below,
Let steeple bells be swungen,
And io, io, io,
By priest and people sungen:
Gloria, Hosanna in excelsis! [Repeat]

Pray you, dutifully prime
Your matin chime, ye ringers;
May you beautifully rime
Your evetime song, ye singers.
Gloria, Hosanna in excelsis! [Repeat]

SONG: O COME, ALL YE FAITHFUL

Artist: Wellington Cathedral Choir, Philip Walsh (dir), Andrew Macmillan (organ)
Words/Music: Anon trans Oakeley/Anon
Recording: Herald HAVPCD 224

O come, all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant!
O come ye, O come ye to Bethlehem!
Come and behold him, born the King of angels;

Refrain:
O come, let us adore him,
O come, let us adore him,
O come, let us adore him, Christ the Lord!


God of God, Light of Light eternal,
lo, he abhors not the virgin’s womb;
Son of the Father, begotten, not created;
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Sing, choirs of angels, sing in exultation,
sing, all ye citizens of heaven above:
“Glory to God, all glory in the highest!”
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