O Nata Lux
Annabel Rooney

Composer Annabel Rooney
Text Latin
Voicing SATB, a cappella
Topics Light
Lectionary usage Epiphany ABC, Transfiguration A
Price $2.25 (U.S.)
Length 4' 50" Released 1/2020
Catalog no. 405-320
Difficulty Mod. difficult

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O nata lux delumine,
Jesu redemptory saeculi,
dignare clemens supplicum
laudes preces que sumere.
Qui carne quondam contegi,
dignatus es pro perditis.
nos membra confer effici,
tui beati coporis.

-Anonymous, 10th cent.

O Light born of Light,
Jesus, redeemer of the world,
with loving-kindness deign to receive
supplicant praise and prayer.
Thou who once deigned
to be clothed in flesh
for the sake of the lost,
grant us to be members
of thy blessed body.

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Annabel Rooney has written a richly beautiful setting of the familiar Latin prayer (“Light born of light”). Beginning with a simple texture, the lush added-note harmony ebbs and flows expressively towards radiant climaxes. Significant divisi throughout makes this a particularly good choice for a larger choir.


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