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The Season of Advent from Lucas Lossius “Psalmodia, hoc est, cantica sacra”

by sean.daenzer ~ November 27th, 2010

The Advent of the Lord

The Church celebrates a threefold advent of Christ. The first is contemptible and humble in the sight of the world, His coming in the Flesh, about which Zechariah 9:9 speaks: “Behold, thy King cometh unto thee meek and lowly, sitting on a donkey, and upon a colt, the foal of an ass (Matthew 21:5).

The second is the spiritual and daily advent in the hearts of the pious; since He is there continually for the Church, Christ hears and helps her and she is consoled, about which Christ says in John 14:18, “I will not leave you as orphans, but I will come to you.” Likewise, “If anyone loves me, we will come unto him and make our mansion with him (John 14:23).

The third advent of Christ is his glorious return for judgment, about which Isaiah 3:14 speaks: “The Lord comes in judgment.” Also Matthew 24:30, “and they shall see the Son of Man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.”

It is always useful to consider and to set forth in the Church these three—the advent of the Son of God in the Flesh, in the hearts of the pious, and for the final judgment—for the stirring up of faith, invocation and the fear of God in the soul. In a word, repentance.

Dr. Augustine says about Luke, we call this time the Advent of our Lord not without reason. And, therefore, the holy Fathers began to celebrate Advent that each and every one might prepare and amend himself so that he may be able worthily to celebrate God’s own nativity. (tr. Sean Daenzer A+D 2010)

Adventus Domini

Ecclesia triplicem Christi adventum celebrat. Primus est contemptus ac humilis coram mundo in carnem, de quo Zachariae 9: Ecce Rex tuus venit tibi mansuetus, ac pauper, sedens super asinam, & pullum filiam subiugalis, Matth. 21.

Secundus est adventus spiritualis, & quotidianus in mentes piorum, cum adest assidue Ecclesiae, eam exaudit, iuuat, & consolatur, de quo inquit Christus: Iohann. 13. Non relinquam vos orphanos, sed veniam ad vos. Item, Si quis diligit me, ad eum veniemus, & mansionem apud eum faciemus.

Tertius adventus Christi, est gloriosus eius reditus ad iudicium, de quo Esaiae 3. Dominus ad iudicium veniet. Et Matth. 24. Et videbunt filium hominis venientem in nubibus coeli, cum virtute multa, & maiestate.

Hos tres adventus filij Dei in carnem, mentes piorum, & ad extremum iudicium, utile est semper co[n]siderari & proponi in Ecclesia, ad exuscitandam in animis fidem, invocationem, & timorem Dei seu poenitentiam.

D. Augustita inquit super Lucam, Hoc tempus non sine causa Domini Adventus vocatur. Ideo enim sancti Patres celebrare coeperunt Adventum, ut se unusquisq- praeparet fidelis & emendet, ut digne Dei sui nativitatem valeat celebrare.

5 Responses to The Season of Advent from Lucas Lossius “Psalmodia, hoc est, cantica sacra”

  1. Jonathan

    Hello Sean… I am in the final stages of preparing a doctoral essay on Johann Spangenberg's Cantiones ecclesiasticae/Kirchengesenge Deudsch (1545), one of the predecessor volumes to Lossius's Psalmodia. I am interested to know how you are accessing this volume. I know there is a facsimile in print (Spangenberg's facsimile is still forthcoming from Olms); is it in the sem library? Or did you buy it somewhere? A future project down the line for me would be to do a comprehensive study of all the volumes of this type (Spangenberg, Lossius, Keuchenthal, Selnecker, Eler, et al), something that would fill a gaping hole in early Lutheran liturgical studies. I just wanted to make contact since you seem to be working closely with this resource. Thanks!

  2. sean.daenzer

    ooh, excellent! I’m [im]patiently waiting for the Spangenberg facsimile also!

    I had found a seller with two copies of the Lossius. I bought one a few years ago and convinced CTS to buy the other recently (It’s at the library, though I actually have it checked out at the moment. I can return it if you want to check it out). I’m not personally aware of more copies for sale, but I haven’t looked. It was produced by cornetto-verlag and I think CTS got their copy for around $175? poorly bound… : The only other facsimile in print that I’m aware of is the Ludecus, but only the Vesperale/Matutinale and not the Missale. I’m hoping to purchase that soon when some funds come available.

    I’ve begun and hope to complete a translation and transcription into English of the Lossius for an STM.

    Lutheran gregorian chant is a real interest for me. Besides the Lossius, I have a facsimile of the Jespersøn (Danish) Graduale 1573. I also have access to the Ludecus Missale & Vesperale/Matutinale 1589 and the extensive Bezeli Magdeburg 1613, though not in a proper facsimile. Do you have access to Spangenberg, Keuchenthal, Selnecker and Eler et al? Please let me know if you hear of these coming into print, as I’m trying to collect them for similar study also. sean AT daenzer DOT org It sounds as if we should be in closer touch! Blessed Advent.

  3. Sean

    ooh, excellent! I'm [im]patiently waiting for the Spangenberg facsimile also!

    I found a seller with two copies of the Lossius. I bought one a few years ago and convinced CTS to buy the other. (I have it checked out in my name presently, so email me if you want to ILL it) I'm not personally aware of more copies for sale, but I haven't looked. It was produced by cornetto-verlag and I think CTS got their copy for around $175? The only other facsimile in print that I'm aware of is the Ludecus, but only the Vesperale/Matutinale and not the Missale. I'm hoping to purchase that soon.

    I've begun and hope to complete a translation and transcription into English of the Lossius for an STM.

    Lutheran gregorian chant is a real interest for me. Besides the Lossius, I have a facsimile of the Jespersøn (Danish) Graduale 1573. I also have access to the Ludecus Missale & Vesperale/Matutinale 1589 and the extensive Bezeli Magdeburg 1613, though not in a proper facsimile. Do you have access to Spangenberg, Keuchenthal, Selnecker and Eler et al? Please let me know if you hear of these coming into print, as I'm trying to collect them for similar study also. sean AT daenzer DOT org. It sounds as though we should be in closer touch. Glad to hear there are others interested in this part of our heritage! Blessed Advent.

  4. Anne

    Hello,
    This reply is a bit untimely (a year past!), but I’ve seen that Psalmodia is now up on Google books: http://books.google.com/books?id=mYs8AAAAcAAJ&printsec=frontcover#v=onepage&q&f=false. It’s entirely possible that you have found this link already, but I wanted to pass it on. I did my undergrad senior project on the book back in 2003 (Concordia, Seward). I’m glad to see it’s getting more attention now! More power to both of you in your research!!

  5. Sean Daenzer

    great! Yes, I’ve collected most of the editions by now. If you’d be willing, I’d love to see a copy of your paper. my email address is above.

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