I first came across this chant of the Sacred Heart eight years ago and fell in love with its simplicity and mystery. Last year I was in need of a simple alternatim piece for a children's choir workshop Elizabeth and I were conducting. Below was the outgrowth of that need. Thanks to all of the Lincoln Diocese Sacred Music Campers who premiered it in August 2019 at St. Thomas Aquinas Chapel UNL Newman Center, Lincoln, NE. Below is a later recording at the Chapel of Ss. Peter and Paul, Our Lady of Guadalupe Seminary, FSSP (Denton, NE).

The score will be coming soon to my online store.

Translation of Latin Text Response: Come let us adore the Heart of Jesus, victim of charity! Verse 1: Greater love than this no one has, that one would lay down his life for his friends. Verse 2: Christ has layed down His life for us, and has washed us from our sins in His own Blood. Glory be to the...

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 16, 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