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The Annunciation of Mary the Virgin

by sean.daenzer ~ March 22nd, 2009

Two introits are given in the texts of the common service for the Annunciation. The first corresponds to non-martyr virgins in the Roman liber usualis. The second is the introit for the Fourth Sunday of Advent, Rorate coeli with a different verse. It is this second introit that is attested to in early Lutheran chant sources (Lossius 1561, Ludecus 1589, Bezeli 1613), but they retain the introit exactly as it appears on Advent IV, antiphon, verse and all. Your choirs will be pleased to refresh something familiar rather than learn something new. Repetition is something we prize, after all. Blessed Annunciation!

The Annunciation of Mary

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