Tolle puerum et matrem ejus [Take the child and his mother] (Matthew 2: 20; Psalm 93: 1-2) – Chant

Matthew 2: 20; Psalm 93: 1-2 [Latin] – [Saying, Arise, and] Take the young child and his mother, and go into the land of Israel: for they are dead which sought the young child’s life.

The Lord reigneth, he is clothed with majesty; the Lord is clothed with strength, wherewith he hath girded himself: the world also is stablished, that it cannot be moved. Thy throne is established of old: thou art from everlasting.

Original Latin:

Tolle puerum et matrem ejus, et vade in terram Israel: defuncti sunt enim qui quaerebant animam pueri.

Dominus regnavit! Decorem indutus est; indutus est Dominus, fortitudine praecinxit se. Etenim firmavit orbem terrae, qui non commovebitur. Firmata sedes tua ex tunc.

“Saint Joseph and the Christ,” – painting by Bartolomé Esteban Murillo (1617–1682)


“Tolle puerum,” Communion chant for Sunday in the Octave of the Nativity, from Graduale Romanum, Solesmes, 1961, p46, or The Liber Usualis, Solesmes, 1961, p. 436.

Communio: Tolle puerum

Sung by Marek Klein of the Graduale Project

Free sheet music at GregoBase

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