Latin Hymns for the 3rd Sunday after Epiphany?
  • EvaS
    Posts: 9
    Hello everyone!

    I was wondering if anyone could think of any hymns in Latin suitable for the 3rd Sunday after Epiphany. I have only a small group of volunteers for the EF Mass for that particular Sunday, so polyphonic motets will not be feasible. Before I spend time composing a simple unison or two-part motet myself, I want to know if there is any hymn in Latin to save myself some work.
  • tomjaw
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    The 3rd Sunday after Epiphany was at one time and in some places the Feast of the Holy Family, Hymns can be found in the L.U. and also some here,
    https://societyofstbede.wordpress.com/2015/01/11/the-feast-of-the-holy-family/

    Hymns for the Epiphany are also suitable,
    https://societyofstbede.wordpress.com/2015/01/06/the-epiphany/
  • a_f_hawkins
    Posts: 1,247
    Have you looked at the Office hymns for example.
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  • As both posts suggest, Crudelis Herodes (Epiphany) or O Lux Beata Caelitum (Holy Family) from the Office are good choices. Personent Hodie is another choice - simple, could be done in unison or very easy two part.
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  • I would second Personent Hodie. If you have a beefy organ, perhaps the Holst organ accompaniment would do well.
  • EvaS
    Posts: 9

    The website with the Office hymns is very good. Thank you! Yes, I had looked into the Office hymns before I initiated the discussion here, but I couldn't find anything that was remotely related to the readings of the day. Perhaps I will compose my own motet after all.
  • I second Casavant's suggestion of the Holst Personent Hodie. It would make a splendid offertory anthem.
  • tomjaw
    Posts: 1,395
    If you are looking for something related to the Readings, I cannot think of any Latin Hymn. But the Gospel with the Centurion "I am not worthy..." would make an interesting motet... There must be something along those lines. Perhaps one of the Hymns written by St. Thomas Aquinas?

    Another option is St. John Chrysostom, it is his Feast day, not that I can think of a Hymn.
  • Tomjaw,
    maybe you are thinking of de Victoria's "Domine, Non Sum Dignus" ?
  • Ted
    Posts: 144
    The feast of the Holy Family for the EF is the first Sunday after Epiphany in most places today, which, as of this writing, is this coming Sunday.
    The following link provides Gregorian hymns (the 2 processionals, offertory, and communion) for all Sunday Masses of the year , and for major feasts. It is actually a convenient booklet form for the choir to use, and in many cases there is an organ accompaniment booklet also available. It also provides alongside English and French translations of the Latin:

    latine.ca