Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Laetabundus

Christmas Sequence from the Dominican Rite.

Joyfully the faithful chorus rejoices,
alleluia, the King of Kings is brought
forth from the womb of the immaculate
one, a wondrous thing!

The angel of counsel is born of a virgin,
sun from a star, sun knowing no setting,
star forever shining, forever bright.

As the star its ray, the virgin brings forth the son in like manner: neither star by its ray nor mother by her son is blemished.

The tall cedar of Lebanon is likened to
hyssop in our valley; the word, spirit of
the most high, underwent incarnation,
taking on flesh.

Isaiah sang it, the synagogue remembers,
yet will never cease to be blind if it
believes not its own prophecies, nor the
those of the sayings of the sibyls.

Wretched one, believe the ancient truth,
why would you be damned, miserable people? Consider the Son, whom scripture teaches; the very one the childbearer bore. Amen.

-- Bernard of Clairvaux

(If Bishop Skylba has a problem with VENI EMMANUEL, this would give him a coronary.)

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