Cleansing Fire

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More Christmas Music – Tollite Hostias

December 25th, 2009, Promulgated by Choir

This piece, by Camille Saint-Saens, is very often performed at Christmas concerts. Saint-Saens most famous work was “Carnival of the Animals.” Camille was good friends with Franz Lizst, but couldn’t stand the music of Claude Debussy or Richard Strauss. Go figure. Camille either like you and your music or couldn’t stand you or your music.


The Latin words:

Tollite hostias,
et adorate Dominum
in atrio sancto eius.
Laetentur coeli,
et exultet terra
a facie Domini,
quoniam venit.

The English words:

Bring offerings,
and adore the Lord
in his holy place.
Rejoice, heaven,
and exult, all the earth,
before the Lord,
for he comes.

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