Steve Anisko, Music Director


Adjuva Me Domine, Jean Conseil (Consilium) 1498-1535
Help me, Lord, and I shall be safe, and I shall be constantly mindful of your statutes. Guarantee your servant's well-being; do not let the arrogant oppress me. Deal with your servant mercifully. (Psalm 119: 117, 122, 124)

Christmas Concert, December 19, 1999

O Magnum Mysterium, T. L. da Vittoria (1548-1611)
How great a mystery and wonderful a sacrament that animals should see the new-born Lord lying in a manger.

 

“Rorate Caeli,” Gregorian Chant, Mode I
Drop down dew from above, ye heavens, ye clouds rain down the just one. Thy wrath, O Lord, withhold from us, and no longer remember all our transgressions. Lo, the city of the Lord has become a desert: Sion is now a forsaken land: Jerusalem is now desolate: the hallowed house of the sanctification, the place of thy glory where of old our ancestors sang of thy praises. Be consoled my people, for most quickly comes thy salvation: Why then are they all consumed with grief, so that your sorrowing has transformed thee? I come to save. Do not be fearful. Do ye not know that I am the lord thy God, the most holy one, Redeemer of Israel?

 

“Ecce Virgo Concipies,” Heinrich Isaac (c. 1415-1517)
See. A Virgin shall conceive and give birth to a son: and he shall be called Emmanuel.

 

“Ave Maria,” T. L. da Vittoria (1548-1611)
Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

 

“Puer Natus in Bethlehem,” Gregorian Chant, Mode I

A Child is born in Bethlehem, Alleluia. Therefore rejoice Jerusalem, Alleluia. Our joyful hearts we raise, Christ is born, O come adore him in new songs of praise.

The babe who lies upon the straw, Alleluia, will rule forevermore, Alleluia. Our joyful hearts we raise, Christ is born, O come adore him in new songs of praise.

In this joyful night, Alleluia, we bless the Lord, Alleluia. Our joyful hearts we raise, Christ is born, O come adore him in new songs of praise.

Praise the holy Trinity, Alleluia. We offer thanks to God, Alleluia. Our joyful hearts we raise, Christ is born, O come adore him in new songs of praise.


 

“Quem Pastores Laudavere,” M. Praetorius (1571-1621)

Glory to Christ whom the shepherds praised, to whom the angel said "Be not afraid, the king of Glory is born." Now the glory of the angels has shown to men on earth; the Virgin Mother has given birth and brought joy, and the true sun has lightened the darkness. Christ is born today of a Virgin: a king is born without an earthly father.

Glory to Christ to whom the wise men came, bringing gold, frankincense, and myrrh; they offered these gifts to the Lion of victory. Today, remission of our sins is granted: let guilty mankind rejoice. Light has shown from heaven, peace has now been restored, she who bore the Savior has remained sinless. Christ is borne today of a Virgin: a king is borne without an earthly father.

To Christ the King, the Son of God, given to us through Mary, let praise, honour, and glory worthily and truly resound. The great name of the Lord is Emmanuel, which means, God with us. Let us rejoice in the salvation of the Redeemer Lord; this is the day and the year of rejoicing. Children, raise your voices together and make music, sing with reverent voice and clap your hands.


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St. Peters Basilica, Rome
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The papal altar in St. Peter’s