Monday, December 15, 2014

Of the Father's Love Begotten

"Of The Father's Love Begotten" is a beautiful and ancient hymn.  Written in Latin in the 5th century by Aurelius Prudentius (translated in the 19th century by Henry W. Baker and J.M. Neale); the tune is Divinum Mysterium, an 11th century chant.  You can find a good discussion of this hymn, along with other typically incisive insights here, in an article by the indispensible Anthony Esolen.  May you have a Blessed Advent.

Christ, to Thee with God the Father,
And, O Holy Ghost, to Thee,
Hymn and chant and high thanksgiving
And unwearied praises be.
Honor, glory, and dominion,
And eternal victory,
Evermore and evermore.