First, we present Steeleye Span, the great folk rock band that often gets mixed up with Steely Dan, from their 35th anniversary tour (2004).
Gaudete, Gaudete, Christus est natus
Ex Maria Virgine, Gaudete!
Rejoice, Rejoice, Christ is born
of the Virgin Mary, Rejoice!
I assume that lead vocalist is still Maddy Prior. I used to have a bit of a crush on her. Anyway, this is their original recording of “Gaudete” from Chrysalis (1972).
Tempus adest gratiae
Hoc quod optabamus,
The hour of grace which we seek is here.
We offer with devotion our songs of gladness.
Next, the hymn is sung by Choir on the Stairs. I got the feeling I’m going to be revisiting this group for Sunday selections. Great accoustics to match great singing:
Deus homo factus est,
Mundus renovatus est,
A Christo regnante.
God is made man, a thing of wonder.
The world is renewed by Christ’s reign.
Next up, the kids choir Libera sings it:
Undelux est orta
Light has arisen. Salvation is come,
Bursting the gates of death.
And finally, we bring you the Mediaeval Baebes:
Ergo nostra contio
Psallat jam in lustro,
Salus Regi nostro.
Our congregation lustily rejoices now,
Giving blessing to God, our Saviour and King.