Veni redemptor gencium

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    This disc comes in an attractive 4-panel wallet-style format, with a CD sleeves. There is no plastic tray, which makes for a greener (and more lightweight) package. The CD allows listeners to share the beauty, excitement, intensity and variety found in a Blue Heron concert performance. It includes plainchant, carols, and other music for Advent and Christmas from 15th-century England. It is comprised entirely of tracks recorded live at First Church in Cambridge, Congregational in December 2013.

    The package includes a booklet with notes by Music Director Scott Metcalfe.

    Including unlimited streaming of Christmas in Medieval England via the free bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.

    Includes unlimited streaming of Christmas in Medieval England via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
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Veni, redemptor gencium,
Ostende partum virginis.
Miretur omne seculum;
Talis decet partus Deum.

Non ex virili semine
Sed mistico spiramine
Verbum Dei factum caro,
Fructusque ventris floruit.

Alvus tumescit virginis,
Claustra pudoris permanent;
Vexilla virtutum micant;
Versatur in templo Deus.

Procedens de thalamo suo,
Pudoris aula regia,
Gemine gigas substancie
Alacris ut currat viam.

Deo Patri sit gloria,
Eiusque soli Filio,
Cum Spiritu Paraclito,
Et nunc et in perpetuum. Amen.

St Ambrose (c. 340-97)

Come, savior of the gentiles,
And manifest your birth to a virgin.
All the world shall marvel:
God decreed such a birth.

Not of man’s seed
But of the Holy Spirit
Is the word of God made flesh,
And the fruit of the womb flowers.

The womb of the virgin did swell,
Yet remained a cloister of chastity;
The banners of virtue shine forth:
God dwells in his temple.

He goes forth from his chamber,
A royal hall of purity,
A giant of twofold substance,
Eager to run his course.

Glory be to God the Father
And to his only Son,
With the Holy Spirit,
Now and forevermore. Amen.


from Christmas in Medieval England, released October 9, 2015
Hymn for first Vespers of the Nativity on Christmas Eve, Sarum plainchant

Paul Guttry & men



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