Music for Advent

(I’ve stopped counting :))

For this week, a single text:

O magnum mysterium,
et admirabile sacramentum,
ut animalia viderent Dominum natum,
jacentem in praesepio!
Beata Virgo, cujus viscera
meruerunt portare
Dominum Christum.
O great mystery,
and wondrous 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.
For today, one very old, and one very new setting:


  1. I can’t bring myself to listen to the Victoria because I am absolutely overcome by the Lauridsen. I am floating off the ground by “Christum”! I can’t think of an occasion that is sacred enough for this piece.

  2. Martin Willey says:

    I have loved the Lauridsen version since I heard it several years ago. It is on all my Christmas playlists. So beautiful.

  3. Swisster, I felt that way about the Victoria piece, I enjoyed the Lauridsen one as well but not quite as much.

  4. The small choir I sing in did the Victoria last year, and the Lauridsen this year. Both delicious, I agree.

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