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Music Notes | Fourth Sunday in Lent

Many Sundays of the year are traditionally known by the first word(s) of the Introit (Entrance) chant assigned to them: the Fourth Sunday in Lent is thus known as Laetare Sunday, after its Introit, which begins ‘Laetare Jerusalem’ (Rejoice, O … Continue reading

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Music Notes | Third Sunday in Lent

In this Sunday’s Gospel we find Jesus ‘cleansing the Temple’, driving out those who sold acceptable animals and exchanged currencies for ritually acceptable tender (perhaps with some unscrupulous practices involved, or at least eclipsing the ultimate point of the appointed … Continue reading

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Music Notes | Second Sunday in Lent

‘If thou but trust in God to guide thee’ is a fine and much loved example of the hymnody that grew out of the devastation of the Thirty Years’ War in the early 17th century. Both words (seven stanzas in … Continue reading

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Music Notes | Last Sunday after the Epiphany – Feast of St. David (Observed)

The Transfiguration is one of a series of manifestations in the Gospel accounts by which Jesus is revealed to be the Son of God. It tells in concrete, narrative terms what is already affirmed in passages such as Sunday’s Epistle: … Continue reading

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Music Notes | Fifth Sunday After the Epiphany

On the Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany our series of healing accounts from the Gospel of Mark continues with the healing of Simon’s mother-in-law and many who were sick or possessed by demons. Our service thus includes two classic hymns … Continue reading

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Music Notes | Fourth Sunday After the Epiphany

In this stretch of the Season after the Epiphany, we encounter, after reading of the calling of the first disciples, a series of accounts of Christ healing various kinds of ailments. Our Hymnal does not contain many entries dealing directly … Continue reading

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Music Notes | Feast of the Epiphany

Although the Epiphany was originally a feast celebrating the various aspects of the Nativity as well as the inauguration of Christ’s public ministry (in his Baptism and first miracle), over time and in different places, the different parts of the … Continue reading

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Music Notes | Second Sunday After Christmas

The liturgical celebration of the various events surrounding the Nativity of Our Lord comes, in a way, as an interruption of the narrative of Christ’s public ministry which we follow Sunday by Sunday. On the two middle Sundays of Advent … Continue reading

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Music Notes | Fourth Sunday of Advent

In each year of the modern three-year lectionary, the Fourth Sunday of Advent features an account from the pre-birth narrative of Our Lord: the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary to St Elizabeth; the dream of St Joseph explaining the … Continue reading

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Music Notes | Third Sunday of Advent

On both the Second and Third Sundays of Advent the appointed Gospels focus upon the proclamation of John the Baptist: ‘Prepare / make straight the way of the Lord’. Several of our Advent hymns naturally take up this theme. ‘On … Continue reading

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