Saints & Music

3 December – Saint Francis Xavier

O Deus Ego Amo Te (read more about it here, also in English, lyrics here).

7 December – Saint Ambrose

To Saint Ambrose is attributed the hymn Veni redemptor genium (the words in Latin, scroll down for a list of all the versions in English; the German hymnchant – contemporary beat – from Advent at Ephesus).

Other hymns written by Saint Ambrose

10 December – Translation of the Holy House of Loreto

The Litany of Loreto – TextList of Musical SettingsBrief Explanations of Each AdvocationAn 18th-century Book with a Print Illustration for Each Advocation

12 December – Our Lady of Guadalupe

An entire album of traditional songs for Our Lady of Guadalupe.

16 December – Saints Ananias, Azarias, and Misael

Settings of BenediciteLatin text and translationRalph Vaughn Williams

25 December – Blessed Jacopone da Todi

Stabat Mater

26 December – Saint Stephen

Hymns to Saint Stephen worth a listen today:  Eya, Martyr StephaneSaint Stephen Was A Holy ManThe Son of God Goes Forth to WarCome, Mad Boys.

29 December – Saint David

A psalm set to music

6 January – The Epiphany

As with Gladness, Men of Old & We Three Kings (easily found through any streaming service).

The Tradition of Epiphany Singers (including a list of special Star Singer songs in German). Here is a Youtube channel of Sternsinger, the children’s aid organization of the Catholic Church in Germany.  Since it takes its name from the custom, it shares many videos of Epiphany songs and other short explanatory videos.

20 January – Saint Sebastian

Le Martyre de saint Sébastien by Claude Debussy (more here).

23 January – Blessed Henry Suso

“In dulci jubilo”

4 February – Blessed Rabanus Maurus

Veni Creator Spiritus (background with wordsrecording with wordsEnglish recording)

Various Hymns

And a list of hymns whose lyrics Rabanus wrote

25 March – The Annunciation

Dixit Maria by Hans Leo Hassler (missa super & motet)

27 March – Saint John Damascene

John of Damascus (“A Russian Requiem”) by Sergei Taneyev.

6 April – Saint Juliana of Liège

The Corpus Christi antiphon, authored by Saint Juliana

An arrangement by Crys Armbrust (see also)

6 April – Blessed Notker the Stammerer

Notker Balbulus: Sequnezen, Tropen & Gregorianisch

28 April – Saints Theodora and Didymus

Theodora, an oratorio by Handel – about, libretto, score and libretto, a complete recording

11 May – Saint Francis de Geronimo

“Dio vi salvi Regina,” the hymn of Corsica – about, recordings

21 May – Saint Godric

Sainte Marie Viergene

Crist and Sainte Marie

Sainte Nicholaes, Godes Druth

All three songs in one video

Scholarly article on the music written by Saint Godric

9 June – Saint Columba

Hymn of Saint Columba by Benjamin Britten (Anglican).

27 June – Saint Ladislaus

Üdvözlégy, kegyelmes Szent László király – Hail, Merciful King St Ladislaus 

7 July – Saints Cyril and Methodius

Hymn to Cyril and Methodius by Tchaikovsky.

17 July – Saint Alexius of Rome

The first opera on a historical subject, Sant’Alessio by Stefano Landi (background)

“Sant’Alessio”, an oratorio by Camilla de Rossi

2 August – Saint Alphonsus Liguori

“Tu scendi dalle stelle”  (recording)

30 August – Blessed Giovanni Giovenale Ancina

Angel dal ciel disceso (words in Italian with English translation)

Laudate dio (words in Italian)

17 September – Saint Hildegard of Bingen

Canticles of Ecstasy


Hortus deliciarum

Voice of the Blood

Femina forma Maria

Celestial Harmonies – Responsories and Antiphons

Eleven Thousand Virgins

24 September – Blessed Hermann Contractus of Reichenau

Salve Regina, Alma Redemptoris Mater, and Veni Sancte Spiritus are traditionally attributed to Blessed Hermann of Reichenau.

Hermannus Contractus: Historia Sancti Afra & monophonic composition in the Middle Ages  

Hermannus Contractus: Sequentia: Grates honos hierarchia 

28 September – Saint Wencelsas

Svatý Václave (Saint Wenceslas Chorale) – Translation in Description; Instrumental Version; About 

Jirák – Suk: Meditation on the Saint Wenceslas Chorale, Op 35a (alternately)

Good King Wenceslas (about)

29 September – Saint Michael the Archangel

Charpentier “Praelium Micchaelis Archangeli factum in coelo cum dracone, H 410”

4 October – Saint Francis of Assisi

Nobilissima Visionerecording

8 October – Saint Demetrius of Thessaloniki

Oratorio by Nicolas Astrinidis

9 October – Saint Abraham

Charpentier, Sacrificium Abrahae, H. 402: “Et pergentes pariter”, “Et reversus Abraham ad pueros suos”, “Abraham, Abraham!”, “Cum centum esset annorum Abraham”

19 October – Saint Jean de Brébeuf

Huron Carol

21 October – Saint Ursula and Her Companions

Hildegard von Bingen, 11,000 Virgins

Sacred Cantata and Poem

Afar, Upon a Foreign Shore

19 November – Saint Elizabeth of Hungary

Franz Liszt – Die Legende von der Heiligen Elisabethscore, hymn (tune, background)

22 November – Saint Cecilia

Charpentier, Oratorio «Caecilia virgo et martyr» H.397

Alessandro Scarlatti, Il Martirio di Santa Cecilia

Purcell, Hail! Bright Cecilia

“Let the Deep Organ Swell the Lay”

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