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Merry Christmas from John Sawoski

Merry Christmas from John Sawoski

 Dear Friends, Family, and Associates:        

Thanks for surfing my 1997 Christmas web pages, which I hope will either inspire or entertain you. Even if you don’t celebrate Christmas, I invite you to partake in the joy of the season. 

          Merry Christmas and All the Best for a Great ’98!

          Yours truly,

          John Sawoski


Adeste Fideles

Latin text

1 Adeste fideles, laeti triumphantes:
Venite, venite in Bethlehem:
Natum videte Regem angelorum.
Venite adoremus, venite adoremus,
venite adoremus Dominum.

2 Deum de Deo, lumen de lumine,
Gestant puella viscera:
Deum verum, genitum, non factum;
Venite adoremus…

3 En grege relicto, humiles ad cunas
Vocati pastores approperant:
Et nos ovanti gradu festinemus.
Venite adoremus…

6 Cantet nunc io! chorus angelorum:
Cantet nunc aula coelestium,
Gloria in excelsis Deo:
Venite adoremus…

7 Ergo qui natus die hodierna,
Jesu tibi sit gloria:
Patris aeterni verbum caro factum!
Venite adoremus…

8 Aeterni Parentis splendorem aeternum
Velatum sub carne videbimus:
Deum infantem pannis involutum.
Venite adoremus…

English text

1 O come, all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant,
O come ye, O come ye, to Bethlehem.
Come and behold Him, born the King of angels;
O come, let us adore Him! O come, let us adore Him!
O come, let us adore Him, Christ the Lord.

2 God of God, Light of Light,
Lo, He abhors not the Virgin’s womb;
Very God, begotten, not created;
O come, let us adore Him…

3 See how the shepherds, summoned to His cradle,
Leaving their flocks, draw nigh to gaze;
We too will thither bend our joyful footsteps;
O come, let us adore Him…

4 Lo! star led chieftains, Magi, Christ adoring,
Offer Him incense, gold, and myrrh;
We to the Christ Child bring our hearts’ oblations.
O come, let us adore Him…

5 Child, for us sinners, poor and in the manger,
We would embrace Thee, with love and awe;
Who would not love Thee, loving us so dearly?
O come, let us adore Him…

6 Sing, choirs of angels, sing in exultation;
Sing, all ye citizens of heaven above!
Glory to God, in the highest;
O come, let us adore Him…

7 Yea, Lord, we greet Thee, born this happy morning;
Jesu, to Thee be glory given;
Word of the Father, now in flesh appearing.
O come, let us adore Him…

8 We shall see the eternal splendour of the eternal Father
Hidden under a veil of flesh,
The infant God wrapped in swaddling clothes.
O come, let us adore Him…

Christmas Traditions

Wondering where Christmas trees, Christmas cards and waiting up for Santa Claus came from? Is Catholicism a “pagan” religion because it has absorbed non-Christian cultural expressions? Click on the Christmas tree for an interesting article about this from the December 1996 issue of Immaculata Magazine

by Fr. Jude Winkler, OFM Conv.