Puer natus est

“Per secoli, il primo suono del giorno di Natale veniva udito nelle inconfondibili note del Puer natus est, che era e rimane l’introito per la Messa natalizia del Giorno in tutte le forme del rito Romano. L’intervallo di quinta con cui si apre, nel canto gregoriano segnala di solito un annuncio importante, e qui ce n’è uno incomparabilmente importante.

Non so pensare ad un caso migliore per sostituire l’inno processionale (es. canzone di Natale..) che non questo introito proprio. Abbiamo ascoltato canzoni natalizie da settimane, se non mesi. Questo canto invece si sente solo alla messa di quest’unico giorno. Dirò di più: questo canto sensazionale dovrebbe essere udito in ogni parrocchia del mondo nel giorno glorioso del 25 dicembre. Questa musica è il giorno di Natale.”  (Jeffrey Tucker)

“For many centuries, the first sound on Christmas day was heard in the unmistakable opening notes of Puer natus est, what was and remains the introit for the Mass on Christmas day in all forms of the Roman Rite. The interval of a fifth in chant usually represents an important announcement, and here is one that is exceedingly important.

I can’t think of a better case for replacement the processional hymn (i.e. Christmas song) with the proper introit. We’ve been hearing carols for weeks, even months. This is only heard at Mass on this one day. Indeed, this stunning song should be heard in every parish in the world on the glorious morning of 25th December. This is music that is Christmas day.” (Jeffrey Tucker)



I wish to thank you all for taking the time to leave a comment. All your comments have always been rich with substance and it’s always worthwhile to go back and read some of the archived ones. A community is built around people and their views. Leaving comments is a way of showing that you care and want to share your opinion with others including the owner of the blog.  I sincerely feel we are all part of a big ‘blog’ family and I always remember you all in my prayers. I will not be able to post again until after the holidays so I wish you – and all your families – a blessed Christmas and holy New Year.

See you in 2010!

Vi ringrazio tutti, amici di blog, sia chi ha lasciato un commento sia chi è passato e ha letto silenziosamente.

Vi auguro di passare delle feste serene in famiglia, con lo sguardo allargato verso il mondo ma sempre fisso sulla Sacra Famiglia.

Non avrò accesso al blog nei prossimi giorni, fino a dopo le feste.

Buon Santo Natale a tutti e felice Anno Nuovo. Ci risentiamo nel 2010!


31 Responses to “Puer natus est”

  1. 1 Feliks Wallenty, Denmark December 12, 2009 at 21:51

    Thank you, Gabriella.
    If I’m having a good and holy advent, it’s thanks to your blog and your readers (I’m serious).

    May your Christmas be blessed with joy and my wishes go also to all of you who read and comment on this blog.
    I look forward to reading you again.

    Puer natus est!

  2. 2 Don Alfredo December 12, 2009 at 22:00

    Un augurio cordiale di un Natale santificato dalla Parola di Dio, e per un Anno nuovo vissuto alla Sua luce.

  3. 3 Ehawee December 12, 2009 at 22:44

    Dear Maiden Mother, let us now,
    While to your breast He clings,
    In humble adoration bow
    With shepherds and with kings,
    And at His feet our off’ring be
    Praise, love, faith, hope, and charity.
    Gloria in excelsis Deo!

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all.

    G, hurry back please 😉

  4. 4 Pablo H. December 13, 2009 at 06:00

    Dear Gabriella,

    Merry Christmas.

    As we gather around the Blessed Sacrament in the form of the Christ Child, the only thing that separates us all is air. We shall adore Him, and ask His blessing for all of us , His sheep.

    As a father misses his daughter, I will await your return.

    Christ draws all men unto Him; those who truly love our Divine Master draw people to Him as a family. Your blog has been a year long gift you have set at the feet of Baby Jesus.

    Que Dios te bendiga.



  5. 5 Orsobruno December 13, 2009 at 06:02

    Buon Santo Natale e felice anno nuovo anche a te, Gabriella, e a tutti i tuoi cari!!
    Allora, al 2010!
    Un abbraccio!

  6. 6 Cinzia December 13, 2009 at 08:04

    Gabriella – enjoy a well deserved break and I can’t thank you enough for the blessings, joy, spiritual nourishment and sheer delight this blog has brought me over the last eight months or so.

    Thank you! and best wishes for the holiest Christmas ever to you and your family, and to all your blog readers and commenters.

    I have thoroughly enjoyed every minute of being part and parcel of this blog … and I can’t wait for more in the New Year.

    Buon Natale e felice Anno Nuovo a tutti!

    Best wishes

    “Fear not, for behold I bring you glad tidings of great joy!
    which shall be to all people.
    For unto you is born this day in the city of David, a Saviour, who is Christ the Lord.
    And this shall be a sign for you: you shall find Him wrapped in swaddling clothes, and lying in a manger.”

  7. 7 Laura December 13, 2009 at 11:41

    Gli angeli cantano: pace in terra agli uomini di buona volontà. Auguri di buone feste.

  8. 8 Ron December 13, 2009 at 13:13

    He does not come in power and might. He does not come as an earthly king. He sends his Holy Spirit to the Virgin Mary and she is found to be with child. He Himself took flesh from the Virgin. This is why the Old Testament calls Him Emmanuel – God is with us. God Himself became a little baby – a baby called Jesus, a name meaning Saviour. And how does He save us? He does not do so with brute power and might, but the strange weapons of weakness, innocence and love – the weapons by which a little baby can win our hearts.

    By coming into the world as a child, God makes possible a new relationship with Him. He makes Himself small so that He is no longer far away from us. He shows us that His love for us is so great that He wants to enter into our world, into our lives and make Himself defenceless in front of us.

    By coming to us as a baby He invites us to open our hearts to Him. This is where His salvation begins – by driving out hatred, bitterness and sin and replacing it with His love. During the year we will celebrate His teaching, His Passion, His Cross, His Resurrection and His sending of the Holy Spirit – but now our focus is on the beginning. At the beginning is the baby. We look at the little baby in the crib and our hearts open; we learn that He is our God and we realise that the whole world has been changed. We know that the world is not Foresaken or Abandoned, but that Heaven and Earth have been wedded to each other, and God has come to change us so that he might truly delight in us. We know that God has come close to us, and has poured His grace and His love into our world, and for that we give thanks on this Holy Season.

  9. 9 Raman Chakravorthy December 13, 2009 at 14:54

    “Gaudete in Domino semper” – Gaudete Sunday today and the penitential purple gives way to the rejoicing rose in the priests’ vestments 🙂
    We have every reason to be rejoicing because Our Lord is coming. Christ is about to be revealed amongst us, as He was for the Jews we hear about in the Gospel: ‘a feeling of expectancy had grown among the people.’
    Come Lord Jesus, come!
    I’m looking forward to the Christmas proclamation at midnight Mass during the beautiful extraordinary form Mass which will be offered at my parish.
    Best wishes to all.

  10. 10 Pyralis December 13, 2009 at 15:00

    Καλά Χριστούγεννα! Ευτυχισμένο το Νέο Έτος!

    Happy Christmas and New Year to you all.

  11. 11 Mitchell December 13, 2009 at 17:17

    Somewhere across the winter world tonight
    You will be hearing chimes that fill the air;
    Christmas extends its all-enfolding light
    Across the distance…something we can share.

    You will be singing, just the same as I,
    Those familiar songs we know so well,
    And you will see these same stars in your sky
    And wish upon that brightest one that fell.

    I shall remember you and trim my tree,
    One shining star upon the topmost bough;
    I will hang wreaths of faith that all may see –
    Tonight I glimpse beyond the here and now.

    And all the time that we must be apart
    I keep a candle in my heart.

  12. 12 Victor S E Moubarak December 13, 2009 at 18:09

    I wish a Blessed Christmas and a Peaceful New Year to you and all your readers.

    God bless.

  13. 13 Osteria Volante December 13, 2009 at 18:20

    Auguri dall’Osteria Volante!


  14. 14 Karinann December 13, 2009 at 20:17

    A Merry Christmas to you and a Happy and Blessed New Year! Enjoy your break. Look forward to your return in 2010.

  15. 15 Miranda December 14, 2009 at 21:41

    Buon Natale a tutti ……….
    And for you my English speaking friends I dedicate this Italian Christmas carol:

  16. 16 sivan December 15, 2009 at 15:30

    Un caro augurio di Santo Natale dallo staff di Sivan.

  17. 17 churchmouse December 15, 2009 at 16:28

    Happy Christmas, Gabriella, and all blessings for the New Year to you and your family! I look forward to reading more of your posts in the new decade.

  18. 18 Lore December 15, 2009 at 17:14

    Buon Natale carissima! A risentirci.

  19. 19 Daily Grace December 17, 2009 at 23:43

    A very blessed Christmas to you Gabriella.

    I am looking forward to hearing from you again.

    Until then, I ask the Blessed Mother to protect you with her motherly mantle of love and for our dearly beloved Savior to continue to be by your side.

  20. 20 Tullio December 18, 2009 at 15:15


    Puer natus est!

  21. 21 christopher December 18, 2009 at 16:42

    God bless you Gabriella, and I wish you and your family a joyous Christmas!

  22. 22 Andrea December 19, 2009 at 17:18

    Tantissimi auguri di Buon Natale a tutti e felice anno nuovo nel Signore.

  23. 23 david pierini December 21, 2009 at 14:16

    Gesù dice…”voi che siete tutti cattivi”…
    dunque stando a ciò che egli dice nessuno è buono, tranne Dio. Allora beato chi vede la propria cattiveria e ne prende le distanze…perché chi vede la propria cattiveria è nella verità. E guai a coloro che si sentono buoni perché la loro bontà è figlia dell’inganno e genera la loro cecità spirituale.

    in questo Natale in cui noi cristiani ci sprechiamo in un mare di vuoti, insopportabili e mielosi auguri…
    invito tutti a togliersi il monocolo delle buone azioni, della fedeltà a mille sterili patiche di devozione…
    per vedere ciascuno la propria cattiveria e capire che per i cristiani che noi siamo non è proprio il caso di festeggiare…
    neppure il Natale.

  24. 24 Brian December 23, 2009 at 02:33

    Gabriella –

    I pray that you and yours have a Blessed Christmas Season and a very Happy and Healthy New Years.

    I ask you and all your good friends in Italy, please pray for America.

    I will certainly pray for Italy.

    God bless!

  25. 25 Mary Nicewarner December 23, 2009 at 03:19

    Hi, Gabriella! I hope you are enjoying your well-deserved break! I just wanted to wish you a Merry Christmas 🙂 May the peace of Christ dwell in your heart always.

  26. 26 Enbrethiliel December 23, 2009 at 19:26


    Merry Christmas, Gabriella! =D

  27. 27 sivan December 23, 2009 at 22:58

    Buon Natale.
    Il Signore possa nascere nei cuori di tutti.

  28. 28 E. Barego December 24, 2009 at 14:02

    Feliz Navidad. Que la paz y alegría del Mesías inunde sus entornos y momentos.


  29. 29 elizabeth January 4, 2010 at 03:43

    Just dropping by to wish you a Happy New Year — and to tell you that I have enjoyed reading your very informative posts in 2009 and intend to continue in 2010.

  30. 30 Sor.Cecilia Codina Masachs January 10, 2010 at 00:05

    Lamento no poder comunicarme con usted, dado a que no se inglés y poco de italiano, pero quizás sí que usted sepa español y pueda visitar mi blog.
    Te tenído una sorpresa con el idioma, pero el amor lo entiende todo.
    Con ternura
    Sor.Cecilia Codina Masachs O.P

  31. 31 anne bender January 10, 2010 at 19:54

    I miss you Gabriella! Please hurry back! My prayers for you and your family!

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