Gabriel’s Message

(Music: Traditional Basque Carol / Words: Translated by Sabine Baring-Gould / Arranged by Hiroaki Kato)

The angel Gabriel from heaven came
His wings as drifted snow his eyes as flame
“All hail”, said he, “Thou lowly maiden Mary,
Most highly favored lady,” Gloria!

“For know a blessed mother thou shalt be,
All generations laud and honor thee,
Thy Son shall be Emanuel, by seers foretold
Most highly favored lady,” Gloria!

Then gentle Mary meekly bowed her head,
“To me be as it pleaseth God,” she said,
“My soul shall laud and magnify his holy name.”
Most highly favored lady, Gloria!

Of her, Emanuel, the Christ was born
In Bethlehem, all on a Christmas morn,
And everyone throughout the world forever saved
“Most highly favored lady,” Gloria!