Sunday, January 2, 2011

Epiphany of the Lord

2 January 2011

Penitential RiteSt Gabriel (mtgf)
GloriaChristmas Gloria (Paul Gibson)
Psalm 71O Lord, all the earth (mtgf)
Gospel AcclamationSalisbury (Christopher Walker)
Preparation of GiftsEpiphany antiphons (mtgf)
Eucharistic AcclamationsMass of Creation (Marty Haugen)
Lamb of GodChristmas (Ebeling arr. mtgf)
CommunionHe became poor (John Bell)
FinalWhat child is this?

It felt early to be celebrating the Epiphany - as though it marked the end of Christmas already. Indeed it seemed to have caught our Magi unawares as they had a last minute dash top make it to the nativity scene.

I do not get that excited by most Epiphany carols/hymnody, not many sound like a joyful solemnity to me. We began with Gaudete so that there was some bounce at the beginning and the verses by Bob Hurd brought in the Magi.

The piece at the Preparation of Gifts was a setting based on the texts of the Magnificat and Benedictus antiphons which hark back to the ancient tradition of what is being celebrated:

Three wonders mark this day we celebrate:

today a star led the Magi to the manger;

today water was changed into wine at the marriage feast;

today Christ desired to be baptised by John in the river Jordan to bring salvation,


Today the Church has been joined to her heavenly bridegroom,

since Christ has purified her of her sins in the river Jordan:

the Magi hasten to the royal wedding and offer gifts:

the wedding guests rejoice since Christ has changed water into wine,


He became poor was a satisfying choice for communion and the verses we sing from the Philippians canticle brought in the Paschal Mystery which was picked up in the last hymn.

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