Gaudete: Steeleye Span

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  1. Hedley Says:


    We celebrated Gaudete Sunday at St John Fisher Chapel as the rose colored candle was lit on the third Sunday of Lent. The snows arrived, the faithful wandered in and were told they get double credit for making the effort. Father Jerry began the service by asking me what we were celebrating – I was on my game and knew.

    The number one Christmas single was always a big issue and strangely Maddy Prior and Steeleye Span charted in 1973 with this wonderful version of a sacred carol. It had previously appeared on Below the Salt

    This is a special time, where ever you may be may your God be with you.


    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      I knew they had charted with this song which has always amazed me given it is in Latin and is solely a one day a year song unlike most of Christmas music.

      The celebration at St. John Fisher sounded perfect, and kudos to you for braving the elements!

  2. Birgit Says:

    Listening to Steeleye Span’s Gaudete is mandatory. Singing Christmas songs on Gaudete Sunday is probably appropriate. “Rejoice rejoice Emmanuel…” is still in my head. We just had another concert and surprisingly the church was filled. Now I’m happy and tired and it’s time for a hot cocoa. Enjoy Gaudete Sunday and your egg nog!

    • katry Says:

      It has been a long time tradition here on Coffee.

      As we get closer to Christmas, more and more events are happening here like choral groups singing in church and small concerts in local venues. I think this is a wonderful time of year for live music and theater.

      Enjoy that cocoa!

  3. Mark Anderson Says:

    Love it! But every year I am (re-)amazed at the “Britished” Latin. :))

  4. Mark Anderson Says:

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    • katry Says:

      This ended up in my Spam folder which I just checked. Sorry for the delay.

      The song is breathtakingly beautiful. I can imagine it being sung in an old chapel lit only by candles. Thank you for my favorite Christmas song!

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