O Magnum Mysterium
composer: Nancy Galbraith (2006)
author: traditional
genre: Sacred: SATB choir, piano & flute
length: 1 movement, 4:00 minutes
publisher: Subito Music Publishing (ASCAP)
60 Depot Street, Verona, NJ 07044
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world premiere: 29 April 2007
Beit Benedict Festival ChoirThomas Octave, conductor
Svetlana Krasnova, piano • Anne Kreft, flute
St. Procopius Abbey • Lisle, Illinois
program notes: "O Magnum Mysterium" was premiered along with the composer's Novena in a program titled "Interfaith Concert for Peace in the Holy Land." The concert was presented in support of the Beit Benedict Interfaith Peace Center at Dormition Abbey in Jerusalem. "O Magnum Mysterium" was commissioned by Mr. Allen Krynicky.

  O magnum mysterium,
et admirabile sacramentum
ut animalia viderent Dominum
natum, jacentem in præsepio!
Beata Virgo, cujus viscera
meruerunt portare
Dominum Christum.
Ave, Maria, gratia plena.
Dominus tecum.
O great mystery,
and wonderful sacrament,
that animals should see the new-
born Lord, lying in their manger!
Blessed is the Virgin whose womb
was worthy to bear the
Lord Jesus Christ.
Hail, Mary, full of grace.
The Lord is with you.