Saturday, December 31

Morten Lauridsen: O Magnum Mysterium

Let me say goodbye to 2011, with this moving and utterly beautiful motet written by the American composer Morten Lauridsen, splendidly performed, here, by the Choir Polyphony (Hyperion). 

I do not wish to say anything about it, for it seems that no verbal expression can possibly depict or describe what remains, in essence, unsayable...

Here are the words:

O Magnum Mysterium
et admirabile sacramentum
ut animalia viderent Dominum natum
Beata Virgo cujus viscera
jacentem in praesepio!
meruerunt portare
Dominum Christum

An english translation (found on Wiki):

O great mystery, and wonderful sacrament, 
that animals should see the new-born Lord, 
lying in a manger! 
Blessed is the Virgin whose womb 
was worthy to bear 
Christ the Lord. 

My sincere wishes to you all...


Anonymous said...

A Happy New Year to you too Christos
Thodoris Bargiotas

christos makropoulos said...

Many thanks Theo! My very best wishes!...