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Hymnal Review: Proper of the Mass

Fr. Samuel Webber's "Proper of the Mass" (cover)

Last year, while I was in London, I made a stop over at the Catholic Truth Society just because I’ve always wanted to see what the bookshop would be like especially since they print our Sunday Missals in this part of the world.

In that quaint shop, I wasn’t expecting to find anything that today I would regard as a dear resource in singing the Mass in the Ordinary Form. It was a treasure to behold, my most prized purchase, and an invaluable possession! 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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