Under Stephen Cleobury, the previous director of music at King's College, Cambridge, one new carol was sung in each year's Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols that had never been heard before.
I don't know if I was ready to hear this carol in 2004 when it premiered, but in the years since, this carol has grown on me bit by bit. When I hear it now it stops me in my tracks.
Lo, in the silent night a child to God is Born And all is brought again that ere was lost or lorn Could but thy soul, O man, become a silent night, God would be born in thee, and set all things a-right. Virgo Maria, non est tibi similis Orta in mundo inter mulieres, Florens ut rosa, fragrans sicut lilium Ora pro nobis Sancta Dei Genitrix Sancta Maria
A translation of the Latin
Virgin Mary, there is no other
Woman in the world like you,
Flourishing like the rose, fragrant as a lily,
Pray for us, holy mother of God,
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