Victimae Paschali Laudes

I was singing the Easter sequence tonight, and while I don't have a recording of that, here's a recording of other people singing it. This piece is so beautiful to me.

English translation:

To the Paschal Victim, Christians, offer a sacrifice of praise.

The Lamb has ransomed his sheep; the innocent Christ has reconciled sinners with the Father.

Death and life confronted each other in a prodigious battle; the Prince of life who died, now lives and reigns.

"Tell us, Mary, what did you see upon the way?"

"I saw the sepulchre of the living Christ; I saw the glory of the Risen One. I saw the angels, his witnesses, the shroud and the garments. Christ, my Hope, is risen; he will go before his own into Galilee."

We know that Christ is truly risen from the dead; O Victorious King, have mercy on us.

[Translation copied from the Gregorian Missal, Solesmes, 1990: The English translation of the prayers, the eucharistic prayers, prefaces, and other texts from the Order of Mass from The Roman Missal copyright 1973, International Committee on English in the Liturgy, Inc. All rights reserved.]


  1. One of my favorites after the Polyphony! I'm going to have to look up more of these on youtube... :)

  2. Mine, too. Ooh. I bet there are recordings of some of the polyphony pieces on YouTube. I might have to do some searching!


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