Thursday, December 08, 2011

Blog Caroling 2011: Adeste Fideles

I didn't know "Blog Caroling" was a tradition here in the genea-blogosphere until I heard Bill caroling over at his West in NewEngland blog this morning. Nice job, Bill! You sound lovely! The tradition, which was started, I believe, in 2007, is hosted by footnoteMaven. And, I'm really happy to be participating this year because I have a very nice memory to share. For directions on how you can participate, please visit fM's blog.

I always knew my father studied Latin when he was in school, but I never heard him actually speak any of it, that is, until the Christmas before his death. That Christmas he and his wife gave us a vintage M.I.M. Lador pull string box for our Christmas tree. When they presented it to me, I didn't know what it was. Looking at the both of them rather oddly, they told me to pull the string... So I did, and what came out of that little box was just beautiful, and even more so when my father began to sing along to the music in Latin. I miss my father and his voice, I wish would have had a tape recorder at time. But, I guess it really wasn't necessary, because I know every time I pull that string now, he's right here by my side singing to me again...

This version is amazing, it brought tears to my eyes.





Adeste Fideles laeti triumphantes,
Veníte, veníte in Bethlehem.
Natum vidéte, Regem Angelorum:

Veníte adoremus,
Veníte adoremus
Veníte adoremus Dóminum

Deum de Deo, lumen de lúmine,
gestant puellae viscera
Deum verum, genitum non factum:

Veníte adoremus,
Veníte adoremus
Veníte adoremus Dóminum

Cantet nunc io chorus Angelórum
cantet nunc aula caelestium:
Gloria in excelsis Deo:

Veníte adoremus,
Veníte adoremus
Veníte adoremus Dóminum

Ergo qui natus, die hodierna
Jesu, tibi sit glória
Patris aeterni Verbum caro factum:

Veníte adoremus,
Veníte adoremus
Veníte adoremus Dóminum

4 comments:

  1. You have a wonderful story to go with this song, surely a favorite of many people. This is an amazing performance.

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  2. WOW! What a WONDERFUL gift your parents gave you!!!

    "O Come All Ye Faithful," is not only one of my favorite Christmas carols, but the Latin version you have here is so-o-o-o AWESOME! Where exactly did this performance take place? The building, the pipe organ, and performers are simply . . . breathtaking!!

    Michelle, your blog is beautiful and I truly enjoyed my visit here this evening. I wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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  3. Beautiful.

    Merry Christmas

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  4. Thank you and Merry Christmas to you all, as well. Liv, I'm not sure, but I do believe this was recorded at the Konzerthaus in Vienna.

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