This is a very stirring rendition, courtesy of Steeleye Span.

About Brother Burrito

A sinner who hopes in God's Mercy, and who cannot stop smiling since realizing that Christ IS the Way , the Truth and the Life. Alleluia!
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5 Responses to Gaudete!

  1. Brother Burrito says:

    Gaudete, gaudete!
    Christus est natus
    Ex Maria virgine,

    Rejoice, rejoice!
    Christ has born
    (Out) Of the Virgin Mary –

    Tempus adest gratiæ
    Hoc quod optabamus,
    Carmina lætitiæ
    Devote reddamus.

    The time of grace has come—
    what we have wished for,
    songs of joy
    Let us give back faithfully.

    Deus homo factus est
    Natura mirante,
    Mundus renovatus est
    A Christo regnante.

    God has become man,
    (With) nature marvelling,
    The world has been renewed
    By Christ (who is) reigning.

    Ezechielis porta
    Clausa pertransitur,
    Unde lux est orta
    Salus invenitur.

    The closed gate of Ezekiel
    Is passed through,
    Whence the light is raised,
    Salvation is found.

    Ergo nostra concio
    Psallat iam in lustro;
    Benedicat Domino:
    Salus Regi nostro.

    Therefore, let our preaching
    Now sing in brightness
    Let it give praise to the Lord:
    Greeting to our King.


  2. GC says:

    Thanks for that, Brother B. Enjoyed it a great deal though I’m not sure I agree with their pronunciation of medieval Latin. Sounds more like British schoolboy.

    Maddy Prior is still with us on the earth. Just right for it, isn’t she. I hear also she is no mean spoon-player.


  3. Brother Burrito says:

    Dear GC, as a British schoolboy meself, I couldn’t possibly comment.

    It’s good to converse again, ya cheeky monkey. You’ve lost me re the spoon-playing btw.


  4. GC says:

    Ha ha, Brother B, you’ll remember Mike Harding and his folk music program on BBC2 from 1997 to 2012? He reckons that not only is Maddy among the greatest of English folk singers, but she also plays a fair tambourine and spoons. I’ve seen elsewhere that the ukulele can be added to that list. You can see her on the spoons here at about the 3:12 mark; putting herself body and soul (!) into the spoons such that she becomes a mere extension of them (ahem):

    The Latin pron reminds me of that in Harrius Potterus (EXPELLIARMUS!); but medieval Latin in Europe was also probably pronounced in ways greatly affected by the phonological systems of the different local languages natively spoken by the many Latin speakers everywhere.

    Mike Harding has done years of podcast folk music programs since he left the BBC, as you may well know. If not, you may like a lot of the material, which you can find here. JH too, maybe.


  5. GC says:

    The closed gate of Ezekiel is passed through (from Brother B above).

    “Who is this gate (Ezekiel 44:1-4), if not Mary? Is it not closed because she is a virgin? Mary is the gate through which Christ entered this world, when He was brought forth in the virginal birth and the manner of His birth did not break the seals of virginity.” – Saint Ambrose of Milan (ca AD 390)

    “It is written (Ezekiel 44, 2): ‘This gate shall be shut, it shall not be opened, and no man shall pass through it. Because the Lord the God of Israel hath entered in by it…’ What means this closed gate in the house of the Lord, except that Mary is to be ever inviolate? What does it mean that ‘no man shall pass through it,’ save that Joseph shall not know her? And what is this – ‘The Lord alone enters in and goeth out by it,’ except that the Holy Ghost shall impregnate her, and that the Lord of Angels shall be born of her? And what means this – ‘It shall be shut for evermore,’ but that Mary is a Virgin before His birth, a Virgin in His birth, and a Virgin after His birth.” – Saint Augustine (ca AD 430)

    [from Dr Taylor Marshall here]

    And now, medieval English too:


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