Updated: January 10, 2024
O Magnum Mysterium
O magnum mysterium et admirabile sacramentum,
ut animalia viderent Dominum natum, jacentem in praesepio.
O Beata Virgo, cujus viscera meruerunt portare
Dominum Jesum Christum. Alleluia!
O great mystery and wonderful sacrament,
that animals should see the newborn Lord, lying in a manger.
Blessed is the Virgin whose womb was worthy to bear
Christ the Lord. Alleluia!
O Magnum Mysterium, Tomás Luis de Victoria (c. 1548-1611)
Jerry Kavinski, M.M., Director of the St. Catherine of Siena Choir
Iustorum animae in manu Dei sunt,
et non tanget illos tormentum malitiae.
Visi sunt oculis insipientium mori;
illi autem sunt in pace, alleluia.
The souls of the just are in the hand of God,
and the torment of malice shall not touch them.
They seemed, in the eyes of the foolish, to be dead;
but they are at peace, alleluia.