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Farewell to Alleluia

Monday, February 2nd, 2009

In most Lutheran parishes today, we bid “farewell” to Alleluia on Transfiguration Sunday, the last Lord’s Day before Septuagesima. The proper that most often accompanies the ceremony of burying or removing the “Alleluia” is “Alleluia, Song of Gladness”, an 11th century Latin hymn translated by J. M. Neale, a fitting hymn. Lutherans in the 16th […]

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 […]

Introit confusion for Christmas-Epiphany

Tuesday, December 16th, 2008

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. […]