O Magnum Mysterium

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O Magnum Mysterium is a responsorial chant from the Matins of Christmas. A great number of composers have reworked the chant into a contemporary setting; the settings by Byrd, Victoria, Gombert, Gabrieli, Palestrina, Poulenc, Judith Bingham, Harbison, La Rocca, Mäntyjärvi, Pierre Villette, Morales, Lauridsen, Kevin, Busto, Louie, Maw, David Conte, Miskinis and Gjeilo are notable.[citation needed]

Latin text
O magnum mysterium,
et admirabile sacramentum,
ut animalia viderent Dominum natum,
jacentem in praesepio!
Beata Virgo, cujus viscera
meruerunt portare
Dominum Christum.
English translation
O great mystery,
and wonderful sacrament,
that animals should see the new-born Lord,
lying in a manger!
Blessed is the Virgin whose womb
was worthy to bear
Christ the Lord.

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