"Uno sguardo ai mosaici della Basilica di San Marco a Venezia, ascoltando l'antica sequenza pasquale. Per un augurio di Buona Pasqua 2009."
(A look at the mosaics of the Basilica of San Marco in Venice, while listening to the ancient Easter sequence. Good wishes for a Happy Easter 2009.)
Victimae paschali laudes
Agnus redemit oves:
Christus innocens Patri
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 vos in Galilaeam.
Scimus Christum surrexisse
a mortuis vere:
Tu nobis, victor Rex, miserere.
Amen. Alleluia.Christians, to the Paschal victim
offer your thankful praises!
A lamb the sheep redeemeth:
Christ, who only is sinless,
reconcileth sinners to the Father.
Death and life have contended
in that combat stupendous:
the Prince of life, who died,
Speak, Mary, declaring
what thou sawest, wayfaring:
"The tomb of Christ, who is living,
the glory of Jesus' resurrection;
"Bright angels attesting,
the shroud and napkin resting.
"Yea, Christ my hope is arisen;
to Galilee he will go before you."
Christ indeed from death is risen,
our new life obtaining;
have mercy, victor King, ever reigning!
The English translation above comes from the Episcopal Church's Hymnal 1982.
Victimae Paschali Laudes is usually attributed to Wipo of Burgundy (1039), but sometimes to Notker Balbulus (10th century) and Adam of St. Victor (13th century).
Here's another interesting take on the hymn; it's the Sequence, followed by the Alleluia, from Notre Dame on Easter Day, 2010. I've heard it sung this way on another French recording as well; perhaps this rather martial rhythm is traditional in France.
Here's the full list of propers for Easter Day at ChristusRex.org:
Dominica Paschæ in Resurrectione DominiIntroitus: Ps. 138, 18.5.6 et 1-2 Resurrexi (cum Gloria Patri)(5m29.3s - 5148 kb) score
Ad Missam in Die
Graduale: Ps. 117, 24 et 1 Hæc dies... V. Confitemini (2m58.6s - 2794 kb) score
Alleluia: 1 Cor. 5, 7 Pascha nostrum (1m59.3s - 1866 kb) score
Sequentia: Victimæ paschali laudes (1m36.6s - 1510 kb) score
Offertorium: Ps. 75, 9.10 Terra tremuit (1m21.9s - 1282 kb) score
Communio: 1 Cor. 5, 7.8 Pascha nostrum (1m25.2s - 1334 kb) score
ad dimitendum populum: Ite, Missa est (28.7s - 451 kb) score
And here are posts for most of these on Chantblog:
- The Introit for Easter Day: Resurrexi Et Adhuc ("I am risen and behold"
- Haec dies (the Gradual for Easter Day)
- Easter Day: Pascha Nostrum (the Alleluia and Communio for Easter Day)
- The Easter Sequence: Victimae Paschali Laudes
- The Offertory for Easter Day: Terra Tremuit ("The earth trembles")