December 24th – the infant Jesus

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Jesus in a manger, wrapped in swaddling clothes. Here is ‘Tomorrow shall be my dancing day’, in an arrangement by Philip Stopford, performed in this YouTube by Ecclesium:

Wikipedia gives a fuller set of  lyrics:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tomorrow_Shall_Be_My_Dancing_Day

December 22nd – Mary

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The Marian antiphon for Advent is Alma Redemptoris Mater. I have chosen a setting by Guillaume Dufay. (I don’t know who the singers are.)

The lyrics:

Alma redemptoris mater,
(Fruitful mother of the Redeemer,)

quae pervia caeli porta manes,
(thou who remains the open gate of heaven, )

et stella maris succurre cadenti
(and the star of the sea, help the fallen)

surgere qui curat populo.  
(people who strive to rise again.)

 Tu quae genuisti, 
(Thou who gave birth,)

natura mirante, 
(nature wondering,)

tuum sanctum Genitorem.  
(to thy holy Creator.)

Virgo prius, ac posterius, 
(Virgin before, and after,)

 Gabrielis ab ore
(From Gabriel’s mouth)

summens illud ave, 
(accepting that Ave,)

peccatorum miserere.
(Have mercy on sinners.)

The YouTube:

 

December 21st – a wise man (magus) bearing a gift

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The gift could be frankincense or myrrh, it is not clear. Here is Reges Tharsis by John Sheppard , sung in this YouTube by the Sixteen.

The words:

Reges Tharsis et insulae munera offerent,
reges Arabum et Saba dona
(Domino Deo) adducent.
Et adorabunt eum omnes reges terrae,
omnes gentes servient ei.
Gloria Patri et Filio et Spiritui Sancto.

The kings of Tarshish and the islands will offer tribute, the Kings
of Arabia will bring gifts to the Lord God; and all kings will adore
him, and all nations will serve Him.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost.

The YouTube: