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music by William Byrd (c. 1540-1623)

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Puer natus est nobis
(A boy is born to us,)
Et filius datus est nobis
(And a son is given to us,)
Cuius imperium super humerum eius
(upon whose shoulders authority rests,)
Et vocabitur nomen eius
(and his name will be called)
Magni consilii Angelus.
(“The Angel of great Council”.)

Cantate Domino canticum novum
(Sing to the Lord a new song,)
Quia mirabilia fecit.
(because he has done the miraculous.)

Gloria Patri, et Filio, et Spiritui Sancto
(Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.)
Sicut erat in principio, et nunc, et semper,
(As it was in the beginning, and is now, and always will be.)
in secula seculorum. Amen.
(In every human generation. Amen.)

-Introit for Third Mass of the Nativity and for the Octave of the Nativity

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from Follow We This Joyful Birth, released December 1, 2012

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