When our church came into being in the US (formally in 1924), it served Rusyn, Hungarian, and Croatian Greek Catholics – basically, all those coming from within the Austro-Hungarian Empire. In this country, we have had both Hungarian and Croatian parishes, of which a few are still in existence.
With this in mind, for the forthcoming hymnal I plan to include some of the best-loved or most frequently sung hymns from those traditions. So here are three Hungarian spiritual songs for Christmas:
- Angels from heaven – Mennyböl az angyal
- Come, shepherds, joyfully – Pasztorok, Pasztorok örvendeznek
- Praise the Lord – Dicsöség mennyben az Istennek
The first is a Hungarian version of So nebes anhel (and may even have been the original version), so we already have it in English. The other two are provided with new English translations.
When the hymnal is finally published, I plan to provide recordings of BOTH the Slavonic and Hungarian lyrics, as an aid to proper pronunciation.
Let me know what you think!