The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Hodie Christus Natus Est

For Christmas Day, after Vespers.

Hodie Christus natus est:
Hodie Salvator apparuit:
Hodie in terra canunt Angeli, laetantur Archangeli:
Hodie exsultant justi, dicentes:
Gloria in excelsia Deo,
Alleluia.

Today Christ is born:
Today the Savior appears:
Today on earth Angels sing, the Archangels rejoice:
Today the righteous rejoice, saying:
Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace and good will to mankind:
Alleluia.

Another Version:

Hodie Christus natus est, alleluia
Hodie Salvator apparuit, alleluia.
Hodie in terra canunt angeli,
Laetantur archangeli, alleluia
Hodie exultant justi, dicentes
Gloria in excelsis Deo,
Et in terra pax hominibus bonae voluntatis, alleluia.

 

Note: Some sources indicate that this is an antiphon sung before the recitation of the The Magnificat - The Canticle of the Blessed Virgin.

An arrangement of this carol was written by Benjamin Britten as a Processional for his well-known "A Ceremony of Carols": see Benjamin Britten.

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