Wednesday, October 23, 2013

For the Feast of St. James of Jerusalem: Exultet Caelum Laudibus

In honor of today's Feast of St. James of Jerusalem (AKA, "The Brother of Our Lord"), here's Exultet Caelum Laudibus - a Lauds and 2nd Evensong hymn for Apostles & Evangelists - sung by La Capella Reial De CatalunyaHere's a little something about them:
La Capella Reial de Catalunya was created in Barcelona in 1987 by its conductor Jordi Savall as a group of soloist singers whose aim is to make the repertoire of Catalan historical music and, by extension, that of Spanish and other music widely known throughout the world. La Capella Reial de Catalunya often performs with Le Concert des Nations, a period instrument group also founded and conducted by Savall.
I do not know anything more about this piece, but will return to post anything I find in the future; it's very pretty, though, and worth listening to I think.

In English, the first line of this hymn is given as "Let the round world with songs rejoice!"  Quite pretty, really; here are the words from CPDL:
1. Exultet coelum laudibus
resultet terra gaudiis
apostolorum gloriam
sacra canunt solemnia.

2. Vos saecli justi judices
et vera mundi lumina
votis precamur cordium
audite preces supplicum.

3. Qui caelum verbo clauditis
serasque ejus solvitis
nos a peccatis omnibus
solvite jussu, quaesumus.

4. Quorum praecepto subditor
salus et languor omnium:
sanate aegros moribus
nos reddentes virtutibus.

5. Ut cum judex advenerit
Christus in fine saeculi
nos sempiterni gaudii
faciat esse compotes.

6. Deo Patri sit gloria
ejusque soli Filio,
cum Spiritu Paracleto,
et nunc et in perpetuum.

Additional verse
Summa sit ipsi gloria,
qui dat nos evangelicis
per vos doctrinis instrui
et prosequi caelestia.

1. Let the round world with songs rejoice;
Let Heaven return the joyful voice;
All mindful of th’Apostles’ fame,
Let Heav’n and earth their praise proclaim.

2. Ye servants who once bore the light
Of Gospel truth o’er heathen night,
Still may your work that light impart,
To glad our eyes and cheer our heart.

3. O God, by whom to them was giv’n
The key that shuts and opens Heav’n,
Our chains unbind, our loss repair,
And grant us grace to enter there.

4. For at Thy will they preached the Word
Which cured disease, which health conferred:
O may that healing power once more
Our souls to grace and health restore.

5.That when Thy Son again shall come,
And speak the world’s unerring doom,
He may with them pronounce us blest,
And place us in Thy endless rest.

6. To Thee, O Father; Son, to Thee;
To Thee, blest Spirit, glory be!
So was it ay for ages past,
So shall through endless ages last.

tr. Richard Mant (1776-1848)

Additional verse
The highest glory be to him,
who gives us the Gospel.
May we be taught by you
and follow you to heaven.

(FYI, here's what the Sarum chant version (mp3) of the hymn sounds like; the audio file comes from the website of the Lutheran Liturgical Prayer Brotherhood.)


Ferdinand Velasco said...

Thanks for your reflection on this hymn on your blog. Here is my attempt at chanting the setting in the Liber Hymnarius (p. 270). Our Schola will be chanting it at Vespers for the Feast of St. Bartholomew on Wednesday.

bls said...

Thanks for posting this, Ferdinand! It's a great hymn - one of my favorites of the year, in fact.

Enjoy your Vespers of St. Bartholomew....


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