Posted by Mindy

 “Of the Father’s Love Begotten”

AURELIUS CLEMENS PRUDENTIAUS, was an early Christian Spanish poet who probably died in 413. He was very passionate about following Christ, earnestly seeking holiness of life through mortifying the flesh. He was especially zealous in speaking against the heresies of his day through his poems, the “Divinum Mysterium,” being one of them.

As I read these words aloud, I was struck by the glory of our Redeemer Jesus and the beauty of the words. In them I could hear the echoes of the beloved Nicene Creed. Read it aloud. As you do, you will hear echoes of the voices of millennias of fellow believers bringing glory to God. Afterwards, listen to this stunningly lovely choral recording of a plainchant melody with Prudentius’ lyrics.

May this piece become a part of your family’s Christmas music tradition, as it has been for us.

May His joy be yours!

Grace and peace,

Mindy

Click to listen:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8IdFoTPZ9RM

 

Of the Father’s love begotten,

Ere the worlds began to be,

He is Alpha and Omega,

He the Source, the Ending He,

Of the things that are, that have been,

And that future years shall see,

Evermore and evermore!

 

At his Word the worlds were framed;

He commanded it; it was done:

Heav’n and earth and depth of ocean

In their three-fold order one;

All that grows beneath the shining

Of the moon and burning sun,

Evermore and evermore!

 

He is found in human fashion,

Death and sorrow here to know,

That the race of Adam’s children

Doomed by law to endless woe,

May not henceforth die and perish

In the dreadful gulf below,

Evermore and evermore!

 

Of that birth forever blessed,

When the virgin, full of grace,

By the Holy Ghost conceiving,

Bore the Savior of our race;

And the Babe, the world’s Redeemer,

First revealed His sacred face,

Evermore and evermore!

 

This is He Whom seers in old time

Chanted of with one accord;

Whom the voices of the prophets

Promised in their faithful word;

Now He shines, the long expected;

Let creation praise its Lord,

Evermore and evermore!

 

O ye heights of heav’n adore Him;

Angel hosts, His praises sing;

Powers, dominions, bow before Him,

And extol our God and King!

Let no tongue on earth be silent,

Ev’ry voice in concert sing,

Evermore and evermore!

 

Christ, to Thee with God the Father,

And, O Holy Ghost, to Thee,

Hymn and chant with high thanksgiving,

And unwearied praises be;

Honor, glory, and dominion,

And eternal victory,

Evermore and evermore!