Monday, 24 December 2012


  There is no rose of such virtue
As is the rose that bare Jesu:

For in this rose contained was
Heaven and earth in little space:
Res miranda.

By that rose we may well see
That he is God in persons three:
Pari forma.

Leave we all this worldly mirth,
And follow we this joyful birth:

(Click here to hear King's College Choir, Cambridge,
sing this wonderful carol.)

Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Alma Redemptoris Mater

At this time of the year - that is from vespers of the Saturday before the first Sunday of Advent until vespers of February 2nd, ie Candlemas, inclusive - we sing the Marian antiphon of Alma Redemptoris Mater. 

If you want to master the Marian antiphon for this season, you can listen to it HERE sung by the Benedictine Monks of the Abbey at Ganagobie.

The following is a beautiful translation from the Latin by Father Adrian Fortescue (1874-1923) of the Alma Redemptoris Mater:

Holy mother of our Redeemer, thou gate leading to heaven and star of the sea;
Help the falling people who seek to rise,
Thou who, all nature wondering, didst give birth to thy holy Creator.
Virgin always, hearing the greeting from Gabriel’s lips, take pity on sinners.

Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Missa Cantata at Devizes

Missa Cantata
at Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church
every 2nd Sunday of the month at 12.15pm.
If you are interested in singing in our small Schola,
please arrive before Mass, at 11.45am,
for a rehearsal in the choir loft.

Knowledge of the Missa de Angelis would be most helpful
as would the Marian antiphon of the season.


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