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Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Royal College of Music Chamber Choir with Aled Jones - "O Little Town of Bethlehem"

This hymn was written by Phillips Brooks, an Episcopal priest and rector of Holy Trinity Church in Philadelphia. He was inspired by an 1865 visit to Bethlehem on Christmas Eve, where he as­sist­ed with the mid­night ser­vice:

"I re­mem­ber stand­ing in the old church in Beth­le­hem, close to the spot where Je­sus was born, when the whole church was ring­ing hour after hour with splen­did hymns of praise to God, how again and again it seemed as if I could hear voic­es I knew well, tell­ing each other of the Won­der­ful Night of the Sav­ior’s birth."

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Feast of Christ the King

Jesu Rex Admirabilis

O Jesus, King most wonderful,
Thou Conqueror renowned,
Thou Sweetness most ineffable,
In Whom all joys are found!

When once Thou visitest the heart,
Then truth begins to shine,
Then earthly vanities depart,
Then kindles love divine.

O Jesus, Light of all below,
Thou Fount of life and fire,
Surpassing all the joys we know,
And all we can desire!

Thy wondrous mercies are untold,
Through each returning day;
Thy love exceeds a thousand fold,
Whatever we can say.

May every heart confess Thy Name;
And ever Thee adore;
And seeking Thee, itself inflame,
To seek Thee more and more.

Thee may our tongues forever bless;
Thee may we love alone;
And ever in our lives express
The image of Thine own.

From the Roman Breviary, Translation: Fr. Edward Caswall (1814-1878)