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To my Greek Orthodox Rite Followers, Καλά Χριστούγεννα! To My Russian Orthodox Rite Followers, С Рождеством! To all others, Happy Orthodox Christmas!
For all men and women of good will and at such a special Season of the year, but especially for my readers who follow the Orthodox Rite, wherever you are from
or from wherever your family came, a very special Christmas Day greeting to you.
Nothing can say that better than this evocatively tender, powerfully and wonderfully moving piece by a very young (b. 1978), exceptionally-gifted and talented young Norwegian composer, Ola Gjeilo.
When the world is in crisis, Serenity succours the soul.
(If this fails to play, my apologies. Please click here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Femr6-OMEM&feature=player_embedded)
O magnum mysterium
Et admirable sacramentum
Ut animalia viderent Dominium natum
jacentem in praesepio!
Beata Virgo, cujus viscera
meruerunt potare Dominum Christum.
O great mystery
and wonderful sacrament,
that animals should see the newborn Lord
Lying in a manger!
Blessed is the Virgin whose womb
Was worthy to bear Christ the Lord.
Mr. Ola Gjeilo’s website is here: http://olagjeilo.com/ Twitter: @OlaGleilo
Ola Gjeilo’s scores are distributed by Hal Leonard. His Northern Lights, Piano Improvisations and Stone Rose albums are available both at Amazon.com and iTunes.
The Sofia (Bulgaria) Vokalensemble won the European Grand Prix for Choral Singing in 2012. Their website is here: www.sofiavokalensemble.com Twitter: @sove_sthlm
Their wonderful Christmas album A Spotless Rose – Nordic Christmas with conductor Bengt Ollen, lusciously features some of Mr. Gjeilo’s music.
That album can be ordered from The Vocal Ensemble’s website. In the UK, I can also suggest, http://www.prestoclassical.co.uk/r/Footprint/FRCD060
Say hello to the choir on Facebook: http://tinyurl.com/6kl6rv9
Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church, Chicago http://holytrinitycathedral.net/