Saturday Solo: Seán Ó Riada| Ag Críost an Síol

Any Irishman or woman of my age can probably sing at least some of Seán Ó Riada’s setting of the mass in Irish "Ceol an Aifreann", (which translates literally as "Music of the Mass"). We sang it often enough as schoolchildren. It’s surprisingly difficult to find recordings of his music so I fell upon this recording of "Ag Críost an Síol" ("Christ’s is the Seed") with delight.

"Ag Críost an Síol" is the offertory hymn in Ó Riada’s setting of the Mass. It’s his setting of a very old hymn. I love its both its melody and the lyrics whose imagery tell you a lot about the peasant society for which it was composed. It’s one of those pieces of music that stays with you, I used to love singing this as a child and still love singing it to this day. I can’t tell you anything about this recording except that the boy singing it has got a beautiful voice, good phrasing, very clear diction, and one of the strongest Leinster accents I’ve ever heard in my life.

Lyrics are below the video. Enjoy :-)

markfromireland

Ag Críost an Síol: Gaeilge

Christ’s is the Seed: Béarla (English)

Ag Críost an síol
Ag Críost an fómhar
I n-iothalainn dé
go dtugtar sinn
Ag Críost an mhuir
Ag Críost an t-iasc
i liontaibh dé
go gcastar sinn
O fhás go haois
is ó aois go bás
do dhá láimh a Críost
anall tharainn
O bhás go críoch
ní críoch ach ath-fhás
I bPárrthas na nGrást
go rabhaimíd

 

O fhás go haois
is ó aois go bás
do dhá láimh a Críost
anall tharainn
O bhás go críoch
ní críoch ach ath-fhás
I bPárrthas na nGrást
go rabhaimíd

Christ’s is the Seed
Christ’s is the Harvest
Into God’s barn
May we be brought.
Christ’s is the sea
Christ’s is the fish
In the nets of God
May we be caught.
From Birth to age
and from age to death,
May your two arms, O Christ,
be around us.
From Death to the end
Not the end but a rebirth,
In the Paradise of Graces
May we be.

 

From Birth to age
and from age to death,
May your two arms, O Christ,
be around us.
From Death to the end
Not the end but a rebirth,
In the Paradise of Graces
May we be.

13 thoughts on “Saturday Solo: Seán Ó Riada| Ag Críost an Síol

  1. Mark, is it possible to download this recording…..I’ve been trying to find it for my 81 yr old Mum!
    She still plays the organ at Church and would dearly love a copy.
    Regards
    John

    • Takes us all back gra :-) The boy can really sing I agree. (He sounds quite a bit like Louis Mahon to me).

      mark

  2. Mark, I’m from India and would very much like to download the recording of Sean O’Riada’s setting of Ag Chriost An Siol you featured in your column of April 30th, 2011 – I just came across it – with the unknown boy singing!

  3. Could you refresh this link? I’m singing this in a couple days, not used to gaelic and would love to listen to a recording with clear diction. Thanks!

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