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The Purification of Mary and its Propers

Thursday, January 29th, 2009

Candlemas, Presentation of our Lord, Groundhog day…. 16th century Lutheran chant anthologies only call it the Purification of Mary, though Matthäus Ludecus notes that it was also called Liechtmes in German, along with the blessing of candles and impiae superstitiones adhibetae sunt. I had hoped to transcribe an Alleluia verse as well, but I found great […]

Gesima Introits

Monday, January 26th, 2009

Here they are: Introits for Septuagesima, Sexagesima, and Quinquagesima. The Gesimas are an important part of the Church Year, most especially in the Lutheran tradition which celebrates our Lord’s Transfiguration on the last Sunday of Epiphany. The Gesimas provide a needed transition between Christ resplendent in glory on the mountain and our Savior as a […]

Introits for the days after Christmas, and more!

Sunday, December 28th, 2008

Here are introits for the days following Christmas (St. John coming soon I hope). For those celebrating Divine Service for Holy Innocents tomorrow, here’s a special bonus: Gradual & Alleluia! The notes are taken from the liber usualis, a 20th century pre-vatican II Roman source. Note: The gradual’s tune comes from the “offertory” which uses […]

December 28th: Holy Innocents or Sunday after Christmas?

Thursday, December 11th, 2008

What to do about Holy Innocents falling on a Sunday…. Who gets the Divine Service? It seems we probably need to do what any Lutheran normally would do: run to the Anglican sources! But perhaps Reformation Lutheran musicians can help us: I examined four of the most important early Lutheran chant anthologies: -Lucas Lossius’ Psalmodia hoc […]

Introits for Epiphanytide

Monday, December 8th, 2008

These are the introits for the Feast of Epiphany and the Sundays that follow. There are only three Sundays after Epiphany, since the third Sunday’s introit is repeated for the remaining Sundays. The last Sunday in the Lutheran tradition is always the Transfiguration. None of the early Lutheran sources available to me (Lossius Psalmodia 1561, Jesperssøns […]