INTROITUS: All Saints

Gaudeamus omnes in Domino, diem festum celebrantes sub honore Sanctorum omnium: de quorum solemnitate gaudent Angeli, et collaudant Filium Dei.

“Let us all be joyful in the Lord, celebrating this festive day in honor of all Saints, whose solemnity the angels enjoy, and they praise the Son of God.”

Click here to listen to an audio of the chant, sung by Liborius Lumma, Innsbruck (Austria).

The story of this famous introit has already been told on PrayTell here and here. On November 1 we reach the climax of this historical development: Gaudeamus became the signature of All Saints’ day.

As the original version addressed Saint Agatha, this later version lacks medieval neumes over the words Sanctorum omnium de quorum solemnitate, as you can see in the excerpt from the Graduale Novum above.

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