Here is the antiphon Lumen ad revelationem gentium, one of three antiphons sung during that Procession; its name (in English, “A light to. Work Title, Lumen ad revelationem gentium. Alternative. Title. Composer, Walter, Johann. I-Catalogue NumberI-Cat. No. IJW Language, Latin. Composer. This evocative chant is proper to Candlemas (February 2nd), the ancient Christian festival commemorating the infant Christ’s presentation in the temple when.

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chantblog: The Candlemas Procession (February 2): Lumen ad Revelationem Gentium

Lumen… Quod parasti ante faciem omnium populorum. A wondrous force and might Both in these candles lie, which if At any time they light, They sure believe that neither storm Nor tempest cloth abide, Nor thunder in the skies be heard, Nor any devil’s spide, Nor fearful sprites that walk by night, Nor hurts of frost or hail. Grant that, by your mercy, we may be enlightened and taught by the same Holy Spirit and may truly acknowledge you and faithfully love you; who with the Revelarionem in the unity of the Holy Spirit, live and reign, one God, for ever and ever.

A light gfntium lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel. The text of the chant itself is, in fact, the complete Nunc Dimittis ; the Lumen revelatlonem is sung between each verse: We have waited in silence on your loving-kindness, O Lord, in the midst of your temple. Revelationsm some churches, it is customary to bless the entire supply of candles to be used liturgically in the coming year, as well as to bless candles for the faithful to carry in procession and then take to their homes.

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For these eyes of mine have seen the Savior, whom you have prepared for all the world to see. Light and peace, in Jesus Christ our Lord. From your holy heaven and the throne of your glory, hear, O Lord, the voices of your people who desire to carry these candles reverently in their hands and to praise you with song; have mercy on all who call upon you, and whom you have redeemed with the precious Blood of your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

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Wherever the blessing of the candles takes place, the figures of the Holy Family should be carried in the procession to the High Altar, or to a suitable place prepared for them near the High Altar.

Lumen ad revelationem gentium composer. Update Required To play the media you will need to either update your browser to a recent version or update your Flash plugin. It is most appropriate that the blessing and procession begin somewhere away from the High Altar, which should be the destination, but not the starting point. Lumen… Quia viderunt oculi mei salutare tuum. The Lord be with you. The pure wax is understood to represent his human body, while the flaming wick represents his divinity.

The following antiphon and psalm is appropriate as the procession approaches the Altar. The liturgical event that gives this Feast its popular name is the blessing and distribution of candles, usually followed by a procession. It features a rare recording of Ligeti’s Lux aeterna. Someone facing a personal crisis or difficult decision might light the Candlemas candle while praying and thinking through his situation.

Lumen ad Revelationem Gentium. And, when the dark perils of this life are past, let us be worthy to attain a place in the unfailing light of your eternal Kingdom, where with your eternal Father and the same Spirit, you live and reign in perfect Trinity, one God, for ever and ever. As the candles are distributed and lighted, the Song of Simeon is sung in the following manner: Lumen… Sicut erat in principio, et nunc, et semper, et in saecula saeculorum, Amen.

You created all things out of nothing and, by the labor of your creatures the bees, we have wax for the making of these candles; we thank you that you heard the prayer of your righteous and devout servant Simeon and we now humbly pray you, through the invocation of your holy Name and through the intercession of blessed Mary ever-virgin and all the saints, to bless and sanctify these candles for the use of your faithful people, and for the health and preservation of their bodies and souls on land and sea and in the air.

This rich programme, exploring the theme of light, marks the debut on the Collegium label and the Choir of Clare College, Cambridge. It should be noted here that there are competing traditions regarding Christmas decorations. Almighty and everlasting God: November Download only. Mercifully grant that we, who delight in her humble readiness to be the birth-giver of the Only-begotten, may rejoice for ever in our adoption as his sisters and brothers; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, in glory everlasting.


However, with its theme of light, it might also be celebrated on the Eve, as prelude to Evensong or an evening Mass. Where weather and other circumstances permit, the blessing and procession might begin outside of the church, in front of the main entrance. As the Church has often incorporated homely folk customs into her observances, we see no conflict here, for Christ is indeed the Sun of Righteousness. Here’s another video of the antiphon with the chant score embedded, to make it easier to sing with; below that is the chant score by itself: Don’t show me this message again.

Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word. Another tradition allows for some or all of the decorations to remain luumen Candlemas see below. Hymns and psalms appropriate to the Feast are sung as the procession moves forward. Simply slice the strawberries and revdlationem them with a bit of sugar.

As they burn with visible fire and dispel the darkness of night, so may our hearts, kindled by the invisible fire of your Holy Spirit, be free from the blindness of sin. The rite may be abbreviated by omitting two or three of the first four prayers. We are particularly happy to know this tradition because our preference is to celebrate a New Orleans style Mardi Gras, with Cajun food. Lord Jesus Christ, the true Light who enlightens every one who comes into this world: Everyone is invited to attempt this operation and those who are successful may expect good luck in the coming year.

Thanks be to God. They may be lit in times of danger, such as severe storms and floods. A light… Which thou hast prepared before the face of all people. Lumen ad revelationem gentium: It is customary to light them when a priest ministers at grntium sick-bed, especially when death is imminent.