As the Gish gallop of terrible politics, violence, natural disasters, and a shocking lack of compassion continues to fill our news feeds, we turn now to this canon by Methodist composer Natalie Sleeth.
Whose lyrics, when translated from the Latin, mean “let us be joyful today.”
Joy is hard to find some days – harder than hope, I think. But…and I’m just musing a bit here… I think joy is part of what’s at the heart of compassion. I am not sure I can explain it well right now; it’s an idea that’s just occurred to me as I started singing this song. But there’s something to it… something to joy, and hope, and relief that’s all woven together.
Anyway…things to think about as we sing this joyful song in the midst of these hard days.
Gaudeamus, gaudeamus, gaudeamus hodie.
Gaudeamus, gaudeamus hodie.
gaudeamus hodie, hodie.
And if after singing it you still need some help to touch joy, watch these kids sing the song (I should note that while some of the kids are nearly emotionless, others more than make up for it and it’s fun to watch them):