Introit confusion for Christmas-Epiphany

Here is a list of occasions on which one might want to hold Divine Service, all falling between Christmas Eve and Epiphany. Beneath each is a list of Lutheran chant books and hymnals, and which (if any) introits they prescribe for the occasions. One 20th century tridentine Roman source is also included, as a reference.

Christmas Eve
Lossius 1561: None
Jesperssøn 1573: None
Ludecus 1589: None
Magdeburg 1613: None
Liber Usualis (Roman): hodie scietis…. (today you will know that the Lord)
TLH: None
LSB: The Lord said to me, “you are my son…”

Christmas Midnight
Lossius 1561: None
Jesperssøn 1573: None
Ludecus 1589: None
Magdeburg 1613: None
Liber Usualis (Roman): None (The Lord said to me “ad primam in nocte”)
TLH: None
LSB: dum medium silentium (When all was still…)

Christmas Dawn
Lossius 1561: None
Jesperssøn 1573: None
Ludecus 1589: None
Magdeburg 1613: None
Liber Usualis (Roman): lux fulgebit hodie (the people have seen…)
TLH: None
LSB: lux fulgebit hodie (the people have seen…)

Christmas Day
Lossius 1561: puer natus est (Unto us a child is born)
Jesperssøn 1573: puer natus est (Unto us a child is born)
Ludecus 1589: puer natus est (Unto us a child is born)
Magdeburg 1613: puer natus est (Unto us a child is born)
Liber Usualis (Roman): puer natus est (Unto us a child is born)
TLH: puer natus est (Unto us a child is born)
LSB: puer natus est (Unto us a child is born)

St. Stephen
Lossius 1561: None
Jesperssøn 1573: etenim sederunt (princes also did sit and speak)
Ludecus 1589: etenim sederunt (princes also did sit and speak)
Magdeburg 1613: None
Liber Usualis (Roman): etenim sederunt (princes also did sit and speak)
TLH: etenim sederunt (princes also did sit and speak)
LSB: (All Saints’ Day propers)

St. John
Lossius 1561: None
Jesperssøn 1573: in medio (In the midst of the congregation)
Ludecus 1589: in medio (In the midst of the congregation)
Magdeburg 1613: None
Liber Usualis (Roman): in medio (In the midst of the congregation)
TLH: in medio (In the midst of the congregation)
LSB: “These things are written”…. new

Holy Innocents
Lossius 1561: None
Jesperssøn 1573: None
Ludecus 1589: None
Magdeburg 1613: None
Liber Usualis (Roman): ex ore infantium (out of the mouths of babes…)
TLH: ex ore infantium (out of the mouths of babes…)
LSB: (All Saints’ Day propers)

Sunday in the Octave
Lossius 1561: None
Jesperssøn 1573: dum medium silentium (When all was still…)
Ludecus 1589: dum medium silentium (When all was still…)
Magdeburg 1613: dum medium silentium (When all was still…)
Liber Usualis (Roman): dum medium silentium (When all was still…)
TLH: dum medium silentium (When all was still…)
LSB: Your decrees are trustworthy…(TLH alternate)

Circumcision
Lossius 1561: None
Jesperssøn 1573: “when the time had been complete” (gospel text)
Ludecus 1589: repeat puer natus est (Unto us a child is born) 
Magdeburg 1613: repeat puer natus est (Unto us a child is born)
Liber Usualis (Roman): repeat puer natus est (Unto us a child is born)
TLH: “O Lord, our Lord, how excellent…”
LSB: “May all who seek you….”

2nd Sunday after Christmas
Lossius 1561: None
Jesperssøn 1573: vultum tuum deprecabuntur (Common of Virgins)
Ludecus 1589: None
Magdeburg 1613: None
Liber Usualis (Roman): None
TLH: repeat puer natus est (Unto us a child is born)
LSB: ex ore infantium (out of the mouths of babes…)

Vigil of Epiphany
Lossius 1561: None
Jesperssøn 1573: None
Ludecus 1589: None
Magdeburg 1613: lux fulgebit hodie (the people have seen…)
Liber Usualis (Roman): repeat in medio (In the midst of the congregation)
TLH: None
LSB: None

Epiphany
Lossius 1561: ecce advenit dominator (Behold, the Lord…)
Jesperssøn 1573: ecce advenit dominator (Behold, the Lord…)
Ludecus 1589: ecce advenit dominator (Behold, the Lord…)
Magdeburg 1613: ecce advenit dominator (Behold, the Lord…)
Liber Usualis (Roman): ecce advenit dominator (Behold, the Lord…)
TLH: ecce advenit dominator (Behold, the Lord…)
LSB: ecce advenit dominator (Behold, the Lord…)

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One Response to Introit confusion for Christmas-Epiphany

  1. Dcn. Muehlenbruch says:

    It seems that Lutherans have never quite taken to celebrating Mass on Christmas Eve. Even when Christmas Eve falls on the Fourth Sunday of Advent, the Mass is normally that of the Fourth Sunday.

    As for the three Masses of Christmas, Midnight, Dawn and Day, TLH does provide Introits; but you need to sort them out. Two Introits are given for Christmas Day. The second Introit (The Lord hath said unto me:) is the Introit for the Midnight Mass. The first Introit (Unto us a Child is born,) is the Introit for the Third Mass. It has also been used as the Introit for the Second or Dawn Mass.

    Regarding the Vigil of the Epiphany, the propers assigned to the Second Sunday after Christmas are traditionally those of the Vigil of the Epiphany. TLH actually uses (most of) these propers for the Sunday after Christmas.

    Introit: When all was still and it was midnight…. (TLH – Sunday after Christmas, second place.)

    Collect: Almighty and everlasting God, direct our actions according to Thy good pleasure…. (TLH – Sunday after Christmas.)

    Epistle: Gal 4:1-7 (TLH – Sunday after Christmas)

    Gradual: Thou art fairer than the children of men…. (TLH – Sunday after Christmas.)

    Gospel: Matt 2:19-23 (TLH – Sunday after New Year, TLH beginning at v. 13.)

    Preface: Christmas.

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