Adeste Fideles

Artist: Dolores O’ Riordan (Featuring)
Live recording
Length: 3:04 (2002), 3:50 (2005)

LYRICS

Adeste fideles laeti triumphantes
Venite, venite in Bethlehem
Natum videte Regem angelorum
Venite adoremus
Venite adoremus
Venite adoremus
Dominum

Deum de Deo, lumen de lumine
Gestant puellae viscera
Deum verum, genitum non factum
Venite adoremus
Venite adoremus
Venite adoremus
Dominum

(choirs)

Adeste fideles laeti triumphantes
Venite, venite in Bethlehem
*
Natum videte Regem angelorum
Venite adoremus
Venite adoremus
Venite adoremus
Dominum

(*the underlined part is only sang in 2005)

CREDIT INFORMATION

It is unclear who the author of this song is

MEANING

N/A

NOTES

  • Dolores O’Riordan sang Adeste Fideles twice at the Vatican Christmas concerts: the first time in 2002 for the 10th edition of the concert and the second time in 2005 for the 13th edition.
  • In 2005 she sang Adeste Fideles in duet with Tenor Gianluca Terranova. At this concert Dolores also sang the first song of the night White Christmas with the rest of the artists. Gianluca Terranova said that he “lov[ed] Dolores’s voice and her way of performing pieces in a unique and intimate way. [It’s] an attitude and a way of singing that many Italian singers have often tried to imitate.
  • In 2002 Dolores only sang the two first verses and ended by repeating a part of the first one. She sang in Latin.
  • In 2005 Dolores and Gianluca Terranova also sang the two first verses and then ended by repeating the first one entirely. Gian Luca Terranova sang the first verse, Dolores sang the second one, and they repeated the first one together. They sang in Latin.
  • Adeste Fideles is a Christian hymn. It is unclear who wrote the text of the song. It may have been written in the 13th century by John of Reading, tough it has also been concluded that John Francis Wade was probably the author.  Originally the song comprised of four verses but was extended to a total of eight, and has been translated into many languages.

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