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On this day the Earth shall sing

14 Dec
<i>Personent hodie</i>

Personent hodie On the day the Earth shall sing

Personent hodie is translated to “On this day earth shall ring” by Jane M. Joseph.   Discovered in the Piæ Cantiones ecclesiasticae et scholasticae veterum episcoporum (“Devout ecclesiastical and scholastic songs of the old bishops”) with Latin text. Theodoricus Petri compiled 75 hymns in Piæ Cantiones, of which Personent hodie shown here is one. Jaakko Finne (or Suomalainen), a rector at the Turku Cathedral School, published Petri’s manuscript, thus preserving Finnish heritage in the form of hymn and song.

Choirs have adopted Personent hodie as a tribute on December 28, the Feast of the Holy Innocents.

Here is “On This Day Earth Shall Ring (Personent Hodie)” by Gustav Holst. Translation from Latin to English by Jane M. Joseph (1894–1929) follows.

On this day earth shall ring

with the song children sing

to the Lord, Christ our King,

born on earth to save us;

him the Father gave us.

Refrain

Id-e-o-o-o, id-e-o-o-o,

Id-e-o gloria in excelsis Deo!

His the doom, ours the mirth;

when he came down to earth,

Bethlehem saw his birth;

ox and ass beside him

from the cold would hide him.

Refrain

God’s bright star, o’er his head,

Wise Men three to him led;

kneel they low by his bed,

lay their gifts before him,

praise him and adore him.

Refrain

On this day angels sing;

with their song earth shall ring,

praising Christ, heaven’s King,

born on earth to save us;

peace and love he gave us.

Refrain

For unto us a child is born…

~ Isaiah 9:6

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Deck the Halls

13 Dec

Seasons Greetings my Friends

Seasons Greetings!

Christmas celebrations are near, and it is time to deck the halls with boughs of holly! Listen to this classic Yuletide carol by Peiyang Chorus rendering the song in a traditional Welsh version.

The wreath, the candle, berry and ornament have all come to be associated with Christmas decorations. The colours of Christmas are red and green, accented with white, gold and silver. These fanciful decorations symbolize our appreciation of the Christmas season.

For over 2,000 years, societies have been decorating with evergreen boughs, the green symbolizing life during the winter months in temperate climates. Now baubles, and ornaments, candycanes and cookes, keepsakes and collectables, fine art and heirlooms deck the Christmas tree, home, and hall.

So however you celebrate with popcorn strings, or tinsel, with baubles or cookies, with evergreen bough or Christmas tree, may may this Christmas end the present year on a cheerful to make way for a fresh and bright New Year.

Here’s wishing you and yours a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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