This says it far better than I.

Gaudete, gaudete! Christus est natus
Ex Maria virgine, gaudete!
Tempus adest gratiæ
Hoc quod optabamus,
Carmina lætitiæ
Devote reddamus.
Deus homo factus est
Natura mirante,
Mundus renovatus est
A Christo regnante.
Ezechielis porta
Clausa pertransitur,
Unde lux est orta
Salus invenitur.
Ergo nostra contio
Psallat iam in lustro;
Benedicat Domino:
Salus Regi nostro.

Rejoice, rejoice! Christ is born
Of the Virgin Mary — rejoice!
The time of grace has come—
This that we have desired,
Verses of joy
Let us devoutly return.
God has become man,
To the wonderment of Nature,
The world has been renewed
By the reigning Christ.
The closed gate of Ezechiel
Is passed through,
Whence the light is born,
Salvation is found.
Therefore let our gathering
Now sing in brightness
Let it give praise to the Lord:
Greeting to our King.

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9 Responses to This says it far better than I.

  1. sage says:


  2. Vince says:

    Yes Sage, that about says it right enough.

  3. R. Sherman says:

    Thanks for this. I trust your holiday is blessed.


  4. Rebecca S. says:

    That's lovely, and I am grateful for the translation. I have no Latin, so I've never known, really what the words are to that Midieval song. A very Happy, Blessed Christmas to you and yours, too!

  5. Michele says:

    Here's wishing you a very Merry Christmas and the best of all New Year.

  6. Kate says:

    Santa Claus is alive and well in the hearts of children who believe all around the world. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy.

    ~Happy Christmas and Merry New Year from our family to you and yours

  7. Kelly says:

    This is lovely…and says it so well! Hope you've had a very good day.

  8. Erin O'Brien says:

    I don't understand it, but I think I get it.

  9. HulaBuns says:

    Wow, that's beautiful! Thanks for sharing & I hope you had a great Christmas. 🙂

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