Justin Elswick has released a special Christmas track as a free download. Justin is a great artist and be sure to visit his pages, as well as check out his music as Sleepthief.
“This is a variation of the choral piece “Tollite Hostias,” which is part of the the CHRISTMAS ORATORIO by French composer, Charles-Camille Saint-Saëns. For this version, I added a vocalise intro, and a 4-measure phrase (“Benedicamus, Gloria Filio”) which is not in the original. Also, I decided to have a single soprano voice (provided by the incredible Lauralyn Curtis) sing the piece.
The Latin words are based on Psalm 95 (96):9-13:
Tollite hostias, et adorate Dominum in atrio sancto ejus. Benedicamus, Gloria Filio. Laetentur coeli, et exultet terra facie Domini, quoniam venit. Alleluia.
Bring offerings and worship the Lord in his holy habitation. Let us bless [and give glory to) the Son. Let the heavens rejoice and the earth exult in the presence of the Lord, for he comes. Hallelujah.”