Monday, April 13, 2009
Victimae Paschali Laudes
Just in case you didn't get to hear the absolutely transcendent Easter Sequence Victimae Paschali, here is the family schola chanting it yesterday. It is one of four Sequences that the Church has retained for the Liturgy of the Mass. (I apologize for cutting off the Alleluia.)
Victimae paschali laudes immolent Christiani. Agnus redemit oves: Christus innocens Patri reconciliavit peccatores. Mors et vita duello conflixere mirando: dux vitae mortuus, regnat vivus. Dic nobis Maria, quid vidisti in via? Sepulcrum Christi viventis, et gloriam vidi resurgentis: Angelicos testes, sudarium, et vestes. Surrexit Christus spes mea: praecedet suos in Galilaeam. Scimus Christum surrexisse a mortuis vere: tu nobis, victor Rex, miserere. Amen. Alleluia.
May you praise the Paschal Victim, immolated for Christians. The Lamb redeemed the sheep: Christ, the innocent one, has reconciled sinners to the Father. A wonderful duel to behold, as death and life struggle: The Prince of life dead, now reigns alive. Tell us, Mary, what did you see in the way? I saw the sepulchre of the living Christ, and I saw the glory of the Resurrected one: The Angelic witnesses, the winding cloth, and His garments. The risen Christ is my hope: He will go before His own into Galilee. We know Christ to have risen truly from the dead: And thou, victorious King, have mercy on us. Amen. Alleluia.