Lauridsen, Morten: O magnum mysterium

O magnum mysterium (1994)

O magnum mysterium et admirabile sacramentum,
ut animalia viderent Dominum natum, jacentem in praesepio!
Beata Virgo, cujus viscera meruerunt portare
Dominum Christum. Alleluia.

O great mystery and wondrous 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. Alleluia!

Words: Responsory for the Matins of Christmas
Music: Morten Lauridsen (b. 1943)