A Solis Ortus Cárdine, the Lauds Hymn for Christmas, penned by the 5th century wordsmith, Sedulius, is the beginning of an abecedarius, a poem where each stanza begins with a letter of the alphabet, that tells the life of Christ from his birth to his Resurrection.

Below is a new setting of the first four stanzas of the text with the refrain from John's Gospel, "And the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us." O Magnum Mysterium!

A translation of the Latin text and the score can be found here.

Thank you for listening. ~nl

Updated: Jan 17, 2020

This is a setting of the Lauds hymn for the feast of St. Joseph the Worker, May 1. It may be sung alternatim with the traditional Gregorian chant. St. Pius X says that a liturgy with only Gregorian chant in no way diminishes that liturgy's solemnity. I like to think that the monophonic lines of the chant contrasted with the polyphonic verses give the chant a more pointed silence that is conducive to prayer.

I've also set the original Maria Mater text to the same music. Find the St. Joseph score here and the Maria Mater here.

premiered May 19, 2018 Our Lady of Guadalupe Seminary

Directed by the ever-trustworthy Joe Dalimata, FSSP, assistant polyphonic director of our OLGS Choir

Thanks to Rev. Ralph Oballo, FSSP for filming, and the OLGS Choir

TRANSLATION: O dawn announcing the sun Beginning the month of flowering; The workman's resounding hammer Salutes the home at Nazareth. Hail, head of the household Beneath whom is the supreme Artificer; Who, bedewed with salty sweat, Exercises his father's trade. He was placed on a high seat nearest to his Noble Spouse; be near now to all thy clients who are troubled by indigency. Strength and strife be absent! and all defrauding of wages; May copious nourishment of food be limited only by moderation. O Trinity, O Unity, by the prayers of Joseph; Direct in peace all our steps and our path. Amen. Translation: www.divinumofficium.org

Updated: Jan 17, 2020

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This is a new setting of the communion text for the 2nd Sunday after Pentecost where we are reminded of the Divine Physician's words of mercy when he says: Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. Today, on the 3rd Sunday after Pentecost, we again hear the merciful words of our Lord when he speaks of the joy among the angels of God over one sinner who repents. Deo gratias!

Special thanks to Matt Rauert, Mary Dowd, and the ever lovely Elizabeth Lemme for getting together to make this rehearsal video. And thanks to Fr. McCarthy, FSSP, for letting us sing in the beautiful gem of Lincoln, NE, that is the Oratory of St. Francis of Assisi.

To acquire the score please visit here.

nicholas lemme 

lincoln, ne, usa

© 2018 Nicholas Lemme