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2024 marks the 1500th anniversary of the death of St Brigid, patroness of Ireland and founder of the great monastery of Kildare. Her life is the subject of some of the oldest works written in Ireland, and she has inspired ...

This opening chant of Christmas morning Mass expresses the joy of the great feast by means of two biblical passages: Isaiah 9:6 (‘For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be ...

‘Laetabundus’ is the title of the Christmas ‘sequence’ (i.e. the text traditionally sung before the Gospel). It expresses the joy of the feast of the Incarnation, when the chorus of the faithful sing, ‘Alleluia!’ Lyrics (Latin): 1. Lætabundus, exultet fidelis ...

The story of this song’s composition is well known: on Christmas Eve 1818 in Oberndorf, Austria, a damaged church organ meant that some new music had to be composed for midnight Mass. This sublimely simple hymn was the result, with ...

The so-called ‘O Antiphons’ are sung at Vespers on the days leading up to Christmas, before and after the beginning of the Magnificat. Ancient compositions, they weave together verses of Scripture to bring out the richness of the mystery of ...

The so-called ‘O Antiphons’ are sung at Vespers on the days leading up to Christmas, before and after the beginning of the Magnificat. Ancient compositions, they weave together verses of Scripture to bring out the richness of the mystery of ...