‘Verbum Patris hodie’ (downloadable PDF)


A dark and mysterious medieval Christmas chant set in B-minor for pipes. Harmony part included. Please see further below for more information and an audio sample.


‘Verbum Patris hodie’ (‘The Word of the Father Today’) is a dark and mysterious Christmas chant hailing from at least the 15th century. This version was sourced from the New Oxford Book of Carols, and is set here for Scottish pipes in the key of B-minor. A chant-style harmony part, chord symbols, and first verse lyrics in Latin (with translation) are also included.

This is one of over 100 carols printed in the collection, On This Day Earth Shall Ring.

An audio sample, featuring Scottish smallpipes (A-chanter). The harmony parts can be heard on the repeat, approximately halfway through the track: