“Huron Carol” of Saint Jean de Brébeuf

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1. Upon the birth of Jesus take heart, you mortals all!
Lo, banished is the spirit that kept us in its thrall!
To it no longer hearken, that strives our minds to darken.
Jesous ahatonnia, Jesous ahatonnia, Jesous ahatonnia.

2, We tidings have by spirits from heav'nly homeland sent.
Our heralds bid us revel in lavish merriment.
Lo, Mary is a mother: exult as for none other.
Jesous ahatonnia, Jesous ahatonnia, Jesous ahatonnia.

3, To him, our tribute bear we, before him bending low,
abundant homage do him, who mercy comes to show!
His love such good affords us, his kinship who awards us
Jesous ahatonnia, Jesous ahatonnia, Jesous ahatonnia.

Source: Saint Jean de Brébeuf Hymnal for Both Forms of the Roman Rite #662

Author: Jean de Brébeuf

Jean de Brébeuf, Jesuit missionary, born at Condé-sur-Vire in Normandy, 25 March, 1593; died in Canada, near Georgian Bay, 16 March, 1649. His desire was to become a lay brother, but he finally entered the Society of Jesus as a scholastic, 8 November, 1617. According to Ragueneau it was 5 October. Though of unusual physical strength, his health gave way completely when he was twenty-eight, which interfered with his studies and permitted only what was strictly necessary, so that he never acquired any extensive theological knowledge. On 19 June, 1625, he arrived in Quebec, with the Recollect, Joseph de la Roche d' Aillon, and in spite of the threat which the Calvinist captain of the ship made to carry him back to France, he remained in the… Go to person page >

Translator: Dominic Popplewell

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First Line: Upon the birth of Jesus take heart, you mortals all
Title: “Huron Carol” of Saint Jean de Brébeuf
Author: Jean de Brébeuf
Translator: Dominic Popplewell
Refrain First Line: Jesous ahatonnia
Publication Date: 2018
Copyright: This text may still be under copyright because it was published in 2018.

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Saint Jean de Brébeuf Hymnal for Both Forms of the Roman Rite #662

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