Music For Advent: Saint Nicholas Day
Today is Saint Nicholas Day. The night of Krampus has past Saint Nicholas, sometimes called the “Advent Saint” simply because his feast day always falls in the season of Advent, has sent him back to his hellish home. All over the world today children awoke and ran to their shoes where they were treated to shoes overflowing with nuts, candy, oranges, and gingerbread. This morning when I awoke I found in my shoes a copy of Praying the Psalms with Luther, along with some chocolate and other treats. I enjoyed perusing the Psalms over coffee and the Gingerbread that I made yesterday.
Refulsit in mundo,
Et ore jucundo.
Sanctus hic inclitus,
In cunis positus
Et ter in sabbato
Dedit, quod petivit,
Despite my Latin being truly terrible I once tried to translate this text. The attempt at translation was mainly because I couldn’t find an English translation. I also have a problem with hymns to rather than about saints. My essay was a failure. If you’re interested in more information about Saint Nicholas and how you may incorporate him in to your December celebrations look at the Saint Nicholas Center. They are a wonderful resource for all things Saint Nicholas including songs, liturgies for many denominations, as well as having many pages dedicated to celebrating in home, church and school.