Posted by: aediculaantinoi | December 19, 2013

On the Third Night of Saturnalia…

I’ve been sitting in front of the fire, contemplating the next portion of the hymn for the occasion, for the last few hours…

And, I’ve also lost rather a lot of sleep over this situation, which is a bit worse since last I wrote. Mary has been taken to the infant ICU, but stabilized once she was relocated there. I have not had any further updates since several hours ago; but in the meantime, her mother (my sister) has also become sick, partially due to sickness like many others, but also due to the stress, exhaustion, and lack of sufficient food and sleep attendant upon having a baby in the hospital. So, if you could add my sister Allison to your prayers, if you are praying for both of them, that would be most appreciated.

The honorand of this day, in addition to Saturn, is Ops–and perhaps that’s especially appropriate, given that Ops is often syncretized, in the Roman view, to Rhea, the wife of Kronos, who is syncretized to Saturn. (Which would make her mother Tellus Mater, corresponding to Gaia, and her daughter Ceres, corresponding to Demeter.) I wonder if the entirety of this occasion shouldn’t be a holy set of festivals for Titanismos generally, especially since Helios and Nyx are also so prominent in these days…hmm. But that’s a much larger topic…

So, we have the next verse of the song.

Gaudete Invictus Natus

Gaudete, gaudete Invictus natus
nobis matre ex Nocte, gaudete!

Sol et Luna praesident
super firmamento
Duo nunquam resident
manent permanento

Gaudete, gaudete Invictus natus
nobis matre ex Nocte, gaudete!

Deus Sol Invictus est
Imperator caeli
Sustentatus terrae est
similiter Nili

Gaudete, gaudete Invictus natus
nobis matre ex Nocte, gaudete!

Festa Saturnalia
adveniant hodie
incipens laetitia
laudamus te Saturne

Gaudete, gaudete Invictus natus
nobis matre ex Nocte, gaudete!

Dea Magna Epona
Galli et Equorum
Protectrix cum Orbona
per noctem liberorum

Gaudete, gaudete Invictus natus
nobis matre ex Nocte, gaudete!

Mater Ops Dea Cereris
filia Telluris
Vos Deae laudaberis
pro benedictis puris

Gaudete, gaudete Invictus natus
nobis matre ex Nocte, gaudete!

*****

Rejoice and delight! The Unconquered One is born
from our mother, Nox [Night]–rejoice!

Sol and Luna preside
over the firmament;
The two, never subsiding
remain with permanence.

Rejoice and delight! The Unconquered One is born
from our mother, Nox [Night]–rejoice!

The Unconquered Sun God is
Emperor of the sky,
He is the sustenance of the earth
like the Nile.

Rejoice and delight! The Unconquered One is born
from our mother, Nox [Night]–rejoice!

The feast-days of Saturnalia
have arrived today
beginning with joy–
we praise you, Saturn!

Rejoice and delight! The Unconquered One is born
from our mother, Nox [Night]–rejoice!

Great Goddess Epona
of Gaul, of horses,
Protectress with Orbona
of children through the night.

Rejoice and delight! The Unconquered One is born
from our mother, Nox [Night]–rejoice!

The Goddess Ops is Mother of Ceres,
daughter of Tellus;
You, Goddesses, will be praised
for your pure blessings!

Rejoice and delight! The Unconquered One is born
from our mother, Nox [Night]–rejoice!

*****

Hail to Saturn! Hail to Ops! Hail to Tellus and Ceres! Hail to Sol Invictus! Hail to Antinous!


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