Except there was this little problem: not only was Ambrose not a priest, he wasn't even baptized as a Christian. The crowd wasn't about to let minor issues like that stand between them and their new bishop. So Governor Aurelius Ambrosius became Bishop Ambrose.
He was a force to be reckoned with, even excommunicating Emperor Theodosius the Great (I think that this was the first time this had ever happened).
He also composed the first Christmas Carol, Veni Redemptor Genitum (Come, Redeemer of the Nations). It is still performed today, 1650 years later.
Veni, redemptor gentium;
ostende partum Virginis;
miretur omne saeculum:
talis decet partus Deum.
Come, Redeemer of the nations;
show forth the Virgin birth;
let every age marvel:
such a birth befits God.
Now the Christmas season is upon us. It seemed right to start our annual christmas music posts with the very first Christmas carol.
* The others are St. Jerome, St. Augustine, and St. Gregory the Great. It was sort of a Murderer's Row lineup of the early Church batting order.