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Hymn of the Week: ‘The Snow Lay on the Ground’


©Kästle// dpa / AFP La chapelle de la Saint-Croix dans le Kapellenberg, recouverte de neige, le 19 avril 2017, près de Amtzell, dans le Sud de l'Allemagne.

Deacon Greg Kandra - published on 12/30/17

This old English carol is the processional at our parish this weekend.

Fittingly, for this Sunday devoted to the Holy Family, the words tell of each member of that family:

 The snow lay on the ground, The stars shone bright, When Christ our Lord was born On Christmas night. Venite adoremus Dominum; Venite adoremus Dominum. Refrain: Venite adoremus Dominum; Venite adoremus Dominum; Venite adoremus Dominum; Venite adoremus Dominum; ‘Twas Mary maid, so young and strong, Who welcomed here the Christchild with a song She laid Him in a stall At Bethlehem; The ass and oxen shared The roof with them. Saint Joseph, too, was by To tend the Child; To guard him, and protect His mother mild; The angels hovered round, And sung this song, Venite adoremus Dominum. And thus that manger poor Became a throne; For He Whom Mary bore Was God the Son. O come, then, let us join The heavenly host, To praise the Father, Son, And Holy Ghost.

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