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!
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...