The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Oh, How Wondrous News

Romanian Traditional Carol, O, Ce Veste Minunata

English Translation by Unknown

Translation provided by Cristian Mocanu, a member of Christmas International

Alternate Title: Oh, What Wonderful Tidings

A performance of this carol in Romanian by the Madrigal Choir can be found at Colinde Romanesti de Craciun

1. Oh, how wondrous news
Is shown to us from Bethlehem.
That the Pure Virgin
Has born a child
From the Holy Spirit.

2. As Joseph and Mary went
To Bethlehem, in order to be censed.
In a small shepherds’ shelter,
Close to that town,
The Messiah was born.

3. Whom the Lord, who is before all ages,
Sent to us, so that He would come,
To be born,
To grow up,
And to save us all.

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Cristian included this note concerning the three carols that he emailed:

All 3 of them are folkloric, i.e. they have no known author. The first two seem to have existed since times immemorial. They are documented from the late 18th,early 19th century. They were known throughout the country and, having no distinctive dialectal features, one cannot determine where they originated either.

Between 1948 and 1989, one got arrested for singing these or any other similar carol publicly. The very word "Christmas" was banned. Saying it in a larger gathering meant expulsion from school or from any well-paid job. Only the carols making no explicit mention of Christ, Mary or the word Christmas were somehow permitted. But people still treasured them and they were never lost.

The other two carols which Cristian sent were:

 

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