Hodie Christus natus est

Hodie Christus natus est;
hodie Salvator apparuit;
hodie in terra canunt angeli, letantur archangeli;
hodie exultent justi, dicentes:
Gloria in excelsis Deo! Alleluia.

On this day Christ was born for us;
on this day the Saviour appeared to us;
on this day on the earth sing with the angels, rejoicing with archangels;
on this day exult, ye righteous, saying:
Glory be to God in the highest! Alleluya.

Antiphon for the Second Vespers of the Nativity of our Lord, trans. The New Oxford Book of Carols, ed. Hugh Keyte and Andrew Parrot


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