Treasures of Polish Christmas

 
Treasures of Polish Christmas
 
by Stowarzyszenie Wesele Wesel
- the Association Wedding of the Weddings
 
http://WeseleWesel.PL/en
 
December 2012

[last update December 2015]

Ad majorem Dei gloriam inque hominum salutem - for the greater glory of God and salvation of man.


 
 
 

Enjoy listening to Polish Christmas Carols. If you know Polish, then also think about the deep theological content of the texts, written frequently by genuine peasants. Fragments of some of them are translated into English, many more in German.

The Polish carols recall the historical event ( Matt. 1-Matt.2, Luke 2) as "the Word became flesh and lived among us". The world was not friendly for humans by then, it is not also today. But this shouldn't disturb our joy: "A joyful day is the day of birth of the Lord", "Joy comes over all people" because "Christ is being , who will liberate us", "this Jesus given us from Heaven will take us into the Heaven if only we love Him".

Polish Christmas carols are the cultural heritage of Europe because they tell the story of the beginning of what we now call western civilization.

Birth of Jesus Christ marks a new era in the history of mankind. The principle of love for truth is the underpinning of the technological, scientific, agricultural and cultural development of the last 2000 years. The principle of the love of the neighbor provided foundation for growth of human rights understanding and for development of modern democracies.

However, as soon as Europe loses its Christian foundations, it will lose its technological, scientific and agricultural power and the human rights will decay. These are not empty words. Just think of exploding unemployment and losses in competitiveness against US and Far East economies.

Europe has to sing Polish Christmas carols to return back to the path of Christian faith, growth, development and prosperity.

Listen carefully to the words of the Pope John Paul the Second!

, on day so nighted Lord of Heaven by hay surrounded Helpless lying is Almighty God of universe is bounded Humiliated, mortal, worried Is King of eternal glory Word got flesh from virgin woman And it lived among us humans God’s Son raise your hand this hour Bless our lovely Polish Kingdom Strengthen its force with your power Grant us welfare, grant us wisdom Bless our house and all relatives Village, town, all Polish natives Word got flesh from virgin woman And it lived among us humans

! Holy Night! All is calm, all is bright Round yon godly tender pair. Holy infant with curly hair, Sleep in heavenly peace, Sleep in heavenly peace.Silent Night! Holy Night! Son of God, love's pure light Radiant beams from thy holy face,  With the dawn of redeeming grace, Jesus, Lord at thy birth Jesus, Lord at thy birth.Silent Night! Holy Night! Brought the world gracious light, Down from heaven's golden height Comes to us the glorious sight: Jesus, as one of mankind, Jesus, as one of mankind.Silent Night! Holy Night! By his love, by his might God our Father us has graced, As a brother gently embraced Jesus, all nations on earth, Jesus, all nations on earth.Silent Night! Holy Night! Long ago, minding our plight God the world from misery freed, In the dark age of our fathers decreed: All the world  redeemed, All the world  redeemed. Silent Night! Holy Night! Shepherds first saw the sight Of angels singing alleluia Calling clearly near and far: Christ, the Saviour is born, Christ the Saviour is born.

, , O cease from your crying, Here on Thy Mother's warm breast softly lying. Lullaby, Jesus, O sleep now, my treasure Mother is Watching with love none can measure. See how the world lies in sorrow and sadness; give us Thy blessing, O bring Heaven's gladness! Lullaby, Jesus, O sleep now, my treasure Mother is Watching with love none can measure. Sleepin' little Jesus, my treasure, my blessing While Mary comforts Thee tender caressing. Lullaby little one, in loving arms lying Guarding my darling and stilling Thy cry. When Thou awakenest, Jesus, my treasure Raisins and almonds I have for Thy pleasure. High in the heavens a lovely star sees us, But like the shining sun, my little Jesus.

of the solemn night, Sound the glad summons, "Lo the king of Light! Rouse, O shepherds, haste with singing Christ has come, salvation bringing, Born at Bethlehem." Gladly the herdsmen sough the Holy Son, Found in a manger Christ the sinless one, Worshipped him with exultation, "God has brought us full salvation! Him we shall adore!" Lord, we have hailed thee, many thousand years. Now through our darkness Lo, thy star appears. King and prophets long have named thee, Priests and martyrs all proclaimed thee, "Saviour of mankind."

at mid-night, playing lyre for Child Jesus with delight . Glory be God in Heaven, Glory be God in Heaven, and His peace on the earth . To proclaim the tidings Angel host arrives, joyful message that they never heard in life

, O, Come Rejoicing Bethlehem, rejoice ye! For of a Virgin, for of a Virgin God is born unto thee! Mary is singing, Mary is singing Songs for Thee, dear Jesus; Joseph is watching, Joseph is watching O'er the son so glorious. Truly He cometh, Christ our salvation, Angels are voicing Their jubilation; Shepherds come to praise Him, Oxen kneel before Him What Wonder God has giv'n!

, Heavenly island Full of eternal glory Jesus asleep now, Lies in the crib, how Does start salvation story? While Christ is lying Angels come flying Kneel down while hiding their faces With golden hair High in the air Praising God for all His graces While Virgin’s bearing Whole world is cheering Power of devil is broken Devil’s imprisoned God’s sun has risen Doors of the Heaven are open.

, Whither are you searching? Will you tell us , Oh great patriarchs, Do you seek the Infant? In a manger, without a throne, No septre does he hold. What is destined, has been long known, By prophets foretold. Three good wise men, malice fearful Persecutes the new King Tidings dismal, tidings dreadful Herod is conspiring Yes the monarchs will not frighten To Bethlehem hasten While the star proclaims the Savior Life and Hope Redeemer. On arrival, they greet Mary With joy on their faces They give Jesus gifts they carry And receive His graces These are for kings happy hours Could we have the favor That we give You gifts of ours For we love You, Savior. Abstinence, our prayers, labor We’ll give you with pleasure Signs that we love God and neighbor Worthy like a treasure Please accept like incense, myrrh and gold These gifts that all tell You That each word that You have told Is for us of value.

cared for little Child, with sweet voice whispered words so soft and mild Sleep my dearest Son , Child so fine and nice Sleep my dearest Son , Lord of earth and Skies

, Bringing us God’s light Brightness of the morn shines in deepest night Angels cheering all night long Filling Heavens with their song Gloria, Gloria, Gloria In excelsis Deo Angels tell the shepherds pasturing their flocks “Hurry to Bethlehem to the barn on rocks. In a crib there you will find Savior born for all mankind. Gloria, Gloria, Gloria In excelsis Deo

: "Delight, Christ is born for you tonight. Lord of world Born for you in poverty To bring you the liberty Rescuing from the evil”

With this little child Tell us, gentle shepherds That for hours has cried Let us sing him of bright tomorrow Days of joy with no bit sorrow. li-li-li-li-li

I will play him just because I like Him Musician, play, For the Lord play

. lies amid a stable bitter coldness, child awaken crib as bed mistaken Coldness keeps from sleeping Hence the child is weeping He is lying on straw billow Hay serves as his pillow Mother wrapped his body with her hem bit shoddy. She is trembling, sheds love tears, sees cross and she fears. She asks him: stop crying for my heart is dying. It is you will that it's coming. Her heart keeps on drumming. Bow before Him, people, He is our lives' steeple. Let's proclaim our God Redeemer from the devil schemer.

our Lord Jesus lay You could feel you were in heaven God's with us today You could feel you were in heaven God's with us today

Angel hosts came singing joyful tidings spreading joyful tidings spreading God is born already Born of Virgin Mary so be glad and merry He's God the Almighty He's God the Almighty God with man united

, said the Angel, to stable where God's Son lies there in a manger to rescue everyone Sing, Angel, song of glory You shepherds on pipes play And monarchs, hear the story as Jesus sleeps in hay

, sky looks like on fire Angels sing of Savior that mankind desired Let God care for our possession while we sing His Son with passion Let us go right to Bethlehem, go right to Bethlehem, to Bethlehem. Look, a star is blinking. By whom is`t enabled? It moves and is sinking pointing at a stable Let's enjoy this graceful hour Praise the mercy, love and power of our Lord in Bethlehem, our Lord in Bethlehem, in Bethlehem.

in Bethlehem as our brother? He's the only son of God Almighty Father Cheer and don't be worried sing God song of glory he is Son of one true God

tell, Why you were away. Angels told us Christ’s birth’s story We ran to sing song of glory To the Son of God, To the Son of God,

, brother To see Jesus and His Mother Welcome Christ who brings salvation Let's join Angels' jubilation Welcome Christ who brings salvation Let's join Angels' jubilation

to announce cheerful Bethlem story are waking up herdsmen from deep sleep who were tired watching over flocks of sheep as they sing, as they sing, as they sing,

in Bethlehem, and it has thundered Tell Joseph, tell Joseph, where you have wandered Where were you with, Where were you with Mary our Lady We sang songs, we sang songs, for Jesus Baby

is day of birth of Lord All creation praises incarnated Word Gladness comes upon creation Angel's bringing revelation to the shepherds pasturing their flocks in the woods

these joyful tidings Let's go to Baby Christ Angels 'll be guiding How joyful are these news We will just follow you Show us the way, show Let us go

Child is crying As today the Christ is born Who’ll be singing Who’ll be ringing Who’ll be playing him on horn Shepherds come and sing your song For the Jesus all night long For Creator, for our Lord

subsequent text of unknown translator In a manger He is lying Who will greet Him as He sleeps? Baby Jesus, infant Christ-child, Who will greet Him as He sleeps? Wake, ye shepherds, and as ye play Gladsome songs and carols gay, Seek the Babe ere break of day; Angel hosts have sung their story, Who will follow the bright star? Told of Christ in all his glory, Who will follow the bright star? Wake, ye shepherds, and sing Noel, Help the angel chorus swell, To the earth glad tidings tell; In a stable, dark and dreary, Who will be the first to kneel? At the crib where Christ is sleeping, Who will be the first to kneel? Wake, ye shepherds, Seek out your King! Play your songs and loudly sing, Till the air with echoes ring;

subsequently a translation to English by Edith Margaret Gellibrand Reed, 1925. Infant holy, Infant lowly, for His bed a cattle stall; Oxen lowing, little knowing, Christ the Babe is Lord of all. Swift are winging angels singing, noels ringing, tidings bringing: Christ the Babe is Lord of all. Flocks were sleeping, shepherds keeping vigil till the morning new Saw the glory, heard the story, tidings of a gospel true. Thus rejoicing, free from sorrow, praises voicing, greet the morrow: Christ the Babe was born for you.

subsequently a translation to English by Walter Ehret, Date Unknown Jesus Holy, born so lowly, We will sing your carols gay. Jesus dearest, precious Infant, Come to us from Heav'n today. Shepherds, join the joyful chorus, Heavenly love is reining o'er us, Here appearing as a Babe. On the straw the Babe is sleeping, In the humble manger bed. May loving watch is keeping Angels hover 'round His head. Shepherds bow in adoration, Praising God's sweet benediction That upon the earth is shed.

day of joy for all creation Angel hosts are singing, cheering on the day of God's Son's bearing God's Son's bearing

, These are Angels calling you "Wake up, shepherds and go to little Jesus in the barn Saviour for whom all you yearn" Lo, Jesus, Lo Jesus, Lo our Lord. Let's welcome Eternal Mighty Word.

, we came there, we herdsmen in the frost,in the frost violin, pipe bringing to play for the singing Angel hosts, Angel hosts Let's welcome our creator, our heavenly mediator Jesus child, Jesus child

, raise heads without fright As God is born for you amid silent night Tonight two billion Christians let all the mankind know These words proclaimed by Angels two thousand years ago. Gloria, Gloria, Gloria – est in excelsis Deo Forgotten is Christmas by tipplers, therefore the devil is tempting "Drink one beer, drink more" Resist the devil, shepherds, don’t miss the chance to think Join Angels, worship Jesus, and never, never drink Gloria, Gloria, Gloria – est in excelsis Deo

, wouldn`t lie on hay in dirty manger but on pillows made of finest velvet, No Herodes would bring you in danger. Were you born amid Kashubian people All would follow what God is commanding, Never drunk, and always loving neighbor, Every Sunday Holy Mass attending

All the mankind cheers Angel hosts sing for Him glory and new star appears Gloria, Gloria in excelsis Deo Gloria, Gloria in excelsis Deo

, why did you leave Heaven I would stay with your Father your Father there above forever Sing, play tender and mild for the Child, for the Child.

, in Bethlehem's any tavern and you were born so poorly in a dirty, cold cavern. There was no place, though as Savior for mankind you were descended to break the bondage of devil the slavery to be ended. In vein you look for a shelter Amidst the drunken in taverns For these are the darkest places Where only the devil governs For the alcohol is killer of human love and compassion. Wherever it is the ruler Religion is in regression.

, I look for you at night Please shine on the sky above me I`m longing for your light. Lead me to that secret stable where Virgin her Son feeds who`s born to free us from devil that`s what my soul just needs

in Bethlehem for us folks and it opened gates of Heaven for us folks

, The herdsmen contemplated “Today God’s born for thee The Saviour so awaited” “Today God’s born for thee The Saviour so awaited” ”See Ruler from above Whose palace is a stable His treasure is the love To which he’ll thee enable Jesus the Nazarene, he’ll be called by disciples for he will teach all them “Don’t eat nor drink with tipplers” for he will teach all them “Don’t eat nor drink with tipplers”

, day of joy and jubilation All the birds fly singing, cheering on the day of God's Son's bearing God's Son's bearing

Great is the name of the Lord Emmanuel are knocked at by the tidings Bells ring for Christ, born as foretold by writings The time has come for child to be delivered And love was born, and old world has hence shivered The little love will save the world Let us protect this love with care The earth is trembling as heaven does For the sake of this love Reject the sin, let's stop to play with evil, Do penance now to save the souls from devil. The time has come for child to be delivered And love was born, and old world has hence shivered

right there on the sky, yes Let us welcome Jesus, Son of God the Highest Raise your hands above us, Spend us precious blessing We'll be singing for you, while your Mum's caressing: Out of joy and gladness we will be now singing On the towers of churches Bells will now be ringing All stars on sky glary All of us are merry Hey sing carols, sing carols. Hey sing carols, sing carols. Star lights up above us, it is of such beauty over sleeping meadows on the sky so sooty In the poorest stable Mother is caressing while Son raises his hands and spends us his blessing Gentle shepherds hurry, hurry to the stable To bow to Christ Jesus and to Holy Lady If your heart is wounded, if on face you've tears He consoles, spends graces, free you of your fears

like birds from heaven to the tiny stable They were singing cheerful noels to Jesus the Baby They reported on the passage of the joyful message They reported on the passage of the joyful message

for Babe Jesus in a cloud, in a cloud Angel hosts assisting Jesus sing aloud, sing aloud To wash our sins away God himself was born today in Bethlem, in Bethlem

mankind suffered from malicious shadows. No hope was emerging Till amid Bethlehem's meadows God was born from Virgin God with us, let us sing the joyful song for the Child that we've waited for so long joyful song

to the tiny manger where the new born Jesus sleeps Though He's born in poorness we have the asureness He protects this world and keeps Oh Savior, born from Virgin Mary conceived in chastity Where's your crown, where is your scepter? Where's your crown, where is your scepter, Godly Majesty

, Deep fog covers meadows, sheep Nowhere soldiers, no surveillance Only shepherds aren't asleep Only shepherds aren't asleep Out of sudden clouds are beaming Shepherds fall down on their knees Angel hosts are coming streaming While one of them's telling this: While one of them's telling this: "Dear Pastors, don't be frightened we are bringing you good news Hear these words to be enlightened. You must go so put on shoes You must go so put on shoes "Hurry to Bethlehem's manger Virgin bore a child therein. Son of God, Christ the world changer, Who'll defeat the death and sin" Who'll defeat the death and sin"

, To make our lives make sense again He is God's Son, Logos, He's the Word That gives us joy, removes the pain. That's day of joy for the whole creation Look at the New Born, recognize, That little Jesus brings us salvation, opens the gates of Paradise

, In health and in sickness Working heavily and when resting In the joy and bleakness may you guide us. To be with you, Little Jesus Baby To be with you, In the famous stable To be just there Where one does not worry To be just there To sing song of glory

, The fate of ours Christ improved It's so amazing Let's go and praise Him in the crib

, I saw at my hut a sunlight Who knows if I was awake or nodding I thought that there is something exploding But the sun itself hasn't shown These were messengers from throne Of the Most High God, who has commanded That Christ in the stable should be attended

, As the tidings were there spreading In the valley we were gazing as the sheep flocks went on grazing where the creek flows. You hear from the Skies a message of fulfillment of a presage You shall go to Bethlem city and sing little Jesus ditty with the angels God is born in little cavern, comes to world the sin has governed to make free us from the sinning to bring graciously redeeming for the mankind

, , joyful and triumphant! O come ye, o come ye, to Bethlehem. Come and behold Him, born the King of angels;1 O come, let us adore Him, O come, let us adore Him, O come, let us adore Him, Christ the Lord! God of God, Light of Light, Lo! He abhors not the Virgin’s womb. Very God, begotten not created; (refrain) Sing, choirs of angels, sing in exultation! Sing, all ye citizens of heaven above: Glory to God, glory in the highest!2 Yea, Lord, we greet Thee, born this happy morning, Jesu, to Thee be glory given.3 Word of the Father, now in flesh appearing; See how the shepherds, summoned to His cradle, leaving their flocks, draw nigh to gaze. We too will thither bend our hearts’ oblations;4 There shall we see Him, His eternal Father’s everlasting brightness now veiled under flesh. God shall we find there, a Babe in infant clothing; Child, for us sinners, poor and in the manger, we would embrace Thee, with love and awe. Who would not love Thee, loving us so dearly? Lo! Star-led chieftains, Magi, Christ adoring, offer Him frankincense, gold and myrrh.5 We to the Christ-child, bring our hearts oblations;

, quod annuntiatum est per Gabriel, hodie apparuit, apparuit in Israel per Mariam virginem in Bethlehem. Eia, eia. Virgo Deum genuit sicut Divina voluit clementia. Gaudete, gaudete, Christus natus hodie, gaudete, gaudete, Christus natus hodie. Great is the name of the Lord Emmanuel as was announced by Gabriel today he appeared in Israel through the Mary virgin. A Virgin has borne God, As the divine mercy wished Be merry, be merry. Christ was born today. Be merry, be merry. Christ was born today.

, From tender stem hath sprung. Of Jesse's lineage coming, As men of old have sung; It came, a flow'ret bright, Amid the cold of winter, When half spent was the night. Isaiah 'twas foretold it, The Rose I have in mind, With Mary we behold it, The virgin mother kind; To show God's love aright, She bore to men a Savior, When half spent was the night. O Flower, whose fragrance tender With sweetness fills the air, Dispel with glorious splendour The darkness everywhere; True man, yet very God, From Sin and death now save us, And share our every load.

, because I would like ask for favour Please lend me your bagpipe and horn and flute playing quaver I'm a singeress , I am Jesus' shepherdess I will play, for him play splendid tunes and pieces I will sway him, I'll make merry with the sweetest kisses

, to welcome God who came so close As they heard Angels' foaming All the mankind informing They left their flocks and ran to see their God in barn They sang little Baby, born from our Lady lying in a manger

our Redeemer, given for us You are welcome, our Enlightening Little Baby, God Almighty You are welcome, Jesus, Jesus

lie in such a poorness? Not royally dressed, nor in splendor's fullness? To attain the liberation for the suffering creation, to be our Redemptor from the claws of tempter Why don't you serve Jusus? Why do you desire What the deamons tempt you? That's way to hell fire. See, Christ brings you benedictions, So abandon bad addictions, Rid house of alc leaven, Christ leads you to Heaven.

, hear my story. Go and seek the Lord of Glory Jesus, born from Virgin Mary without any suffering

, Welcome, King, Lord from above Christ, you are our solace, our solace You'll free from being lawless, being lawless, Free us from being lawless

, towards that shed. Everybody can hear clear Voices calling to seek here God on earth Step by step, go ahead Come on, lads, to this shed both employees and poor boors

follow the hallmark Where they go? They seek Redeemer who frees from schemer from malicious devil

, time of dark is over Reign of devil is now gone Angels cheer with drovers Jesus brought us through His birth the redemption, peace to earth We shall all be joyful We shall all be joyful At night donkey and the ox Are warming the Child Shepherds watching over flocks are playing so mild Come, oh Lord from heaven’s gates live among us, Gracious and establish peace on earth between all the nations Let all the sides of the world hear a joyful sound Let us be happy together because the carol is saying:

Lord is born you in town Bethelem People run For these news stun Three Kings come on camels and dun

Brothers Kashubs to barn are scurrying Angels are singing from heavenly steeple Pay homage, be joyful, Kashubian people


Matthew, the Evangelist, made a very interesting remark in the chapters describing the birth of Jesus Christ [Mt 2, 19 – 23]: the prophet said that the savior will be called Nazarene. And the Nazarene (or Nazirene - the written Hebrew had no vowels) was a name for the abstinent in the Old Testimony.

We are used to think of “Nazarene” as a citizen of Nazareth. But the Pilatus from Pont was called “Pontius Pilatus”. And Jesus Christ was condemned to death by him as “Jesus Nazarenus, Rex Iudeorum" [J 19, 19 – 20]. The abstinence of Jesus Christ was stressed also by refusing to drink wine when He was about to be crucified [Mt 27, 32 – 34].

Think of Christ’s abstinence from alcohol when singing Christmas carols. Think about the liberation of people He has brought. Think what you have sworn when being baptized: “I repudiate everything that leads to a sin so that the sin does not get power over me”, so you repudiated also alcohol.

By the way, Polish tradition forbids to drink alcohol on Christmas Eve.

Melodies of the majority of these Christmas Carols can be listened to at the Web page
http://weselewesel.lap.pl/beatchen/svwiat_wokovlv_nas/gwara/koledy/PiesniRama.html?Sprache=poAngielsku