English translation
by Allen H Simon

O most awesome mystery

and sacrament divine and most wondrous:

that animals should look and see the Lord a babe newborn

beside them in a manger laid.

O how truly blessed is the Virgin whose womb was worthy

to bear and bring forth the Lord Christ Jesus.


This is the Lauridsen Mysterium, sung by the choral group for whom it was originally developed

….I was fortunate to sing it with the Maryland Choral Society once.

O magnum mysterium,
et admirabile sacramentum,
ut animalia viderent Dominum natum,
jacentem in praesepio!
Beata Virgo, cujus viscera
meruerunt portare
Dominum Christum.