Today as Christians celebrate the birth of our Savior, the Dominicana blog offers you the gift of song. For your listening pleasure, several student brothers recorded a rendition of the Celtic carol “The Christ Child Lullaby.”
This carol comes from the north of Scotland, from a small, remote village named Moidart. Its Catholic priest, Fr. Ranald Rankin, penned the lyrics for Midnight Mass around the year 1855. He originally wrote 29 verses in Scottish Gaelic, but we opted for the popular English translation which is kept to only five verses!
We brothers offer you this carol along with our prayers for you and your loved ones this Christmas season. May the love of God fill your hearts, and may the Blessed Mother share with you her joy of holding the newborn Jesus.
My love, my pride, my treasure oh
My wonder new and pleasure oh
My son, my beauty, ever You
Who am I to bear You here?
The cause of talk and tale am I
The cause of greatest fame am I
The cause of proudest care on high
To have for mine, the King of all.
And though You are the King of all
They sent You to the manger stall
Where at Your feet they all shall fall
And glorify my child, the King.
There shone a star above three kings
To guide them to the King of kings
They held You in their humble arms
And knelt before You until dawn.
They gave You myrrh and gave You gold
Frankincense and gifts untold
They traveled far these gifts to bring
And glorify their new born King.
Image: Fr. Lawrence Lew, O.P., Mater Dei (St Giles Cathedral, Edinburgh)