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Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Lady of Mount Carmel Scapular

This weekend, we will celebrate the Solemnity of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in the parish of Sts. Peter & Paul, since we are under the pastorship of the Discalced Carmelites (OCD).

After the Mass, there will be a candlelit procession around the compound of the church accompanied by the recitation of the rosary and Marian antiphons / hymns. At the end of the procession, there will be the investiture of the Brown Scapular.

A limited number of the Missalette (Our Lady of Mount Carmel) will be made available as you enter the main entrance of the church for the Saturday 5:30pm Mass. Feel free to download, print and bring your own. Read More…

Review – Music: O Lux Beatissima

O Lux Beatissima 1

Some many years ago in 2005, I had innocently picked up the CD “O Lux Beatissima” just so I could learn the Missa de Angelis (Mass VIII). And I only bought the CD just for those 4 tracks (Kyrie, Gloria, Sanctus & Agnus Dei). Little did I know, that over the years, I would repeatedly access the tracks that were available on the rest of the album as my knowledge for Gregorian Chant expanded. Read More…

Feast of the Purification

Candlemas

Today marks the Feast of Purification of the Virgin, or Presentation of Jesus at the Temple.

The canticle of Simeon reads:
Lord, now you let your servant go in peace,
your word has been fulfilled:
My own eyes have seen the salvation,
which you have prepared in the sight of every people:
a light to reveal you to the nations
and the glory of your people Israel.

Also, traditionally known as Candlemas (marking 40 days after Christmas). A custom that’s practised is the blessing of candles (usually from beeswax) which can then be used in homes for the year.

St. Anselm, Archbishop of Canterbury, speaking on the mystery of Christ’s birth, bids us consider three things in the blessed Candle: the wax, the wick, and the flame. The wax, he says, which is the production of the virginal bee, is the Flesh of our Lord; the wick, which is within, is His Soul; the flame, which burns on top, is His divinity.

Music to accompany this feast:
Nunc dimittis (Canticle of Simeon)
Nunc dimittis in English

J.S. Bach / Ich habe genug, BWV 82
J. S. Bach: Erfreute Zeit im neuen Bunde, BWV 83
J.S. Bach: Mit Fried und Freud ich fahr dahin, BWV 125

Ave, Regina Caelorum (this would be the seasonal Marian anthem up till Easter Vigil)

 

Here’s our selection for the Masses for the month of February:

Choir Newsletter – 2016 02 February

(hymn source from Journeysongs, 2nd edition, OCP)

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