By Request, ‘Adeste Fideles’ (Pavarotti)

Would you believe I learned this hymn in school? In third grade. In Latin, no less!

Requested by Phoebe: Adeste Fideles, sung by Luciano Pavarotti in 1978 at Notre Dame Cathedral, Montreal. Watch close: you may catch him fighting off a tear.

3 comments on “By Request, ‘Adeste Fideles’ (Pavarotti)

  1. I had no idea that was the Hymn “O Come, All Ye Faithful,” until I heard the melody. I looked it up on Wikipedia and this is what I found.

    “O Come, All Ye Faithful” (originally written in Latin as “Adeste Fideles”) is a Christmas carol that has been attributed to various authors, including John Francis Wade (1711–1786), John Reading (1645–1692), King John IV of Portugal (1604–1656), and anonymous Cistercian monks. The earliest printed version is in a book published by Wade. A manuscript by Wade, dating to 1751, is held by Stonyhurst College in Lancashire.

    The original four verses of the hymn were extended to a total of eight, and these have been translated into many languages. The English translation of “O Come, All Ye Faithful” by the English Catholic priest Frederick Oakeley, written in 1841, is widespread in most English-speaking countries.

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