What did you do for Epiphany 2023?
  • CatholicZ09
    Posts: 181
    Novus Ordo parish in the U.S., so we celebrated Epiphany today. At the Mass where I served as cantor, we did:

    Processional: Good Christian Friends, Rejoice (IN DULCI JUBILO)
    Gloria: Heritage Mass (O. Alstott)
    Psalm: Psalm 72 from Respond & Acclaim (O. Alstott)
    Gospel Acclamation: Jubilation Mass (J. Chepponis)
    Offertory: As with Gladness Men of Old (DIX)
    Holy, Mystery of Faith, Amen, Lamb of God: Heritage Mass (O. Alstott)
    Communion: We Three Kings of Orient Are (KINGS OF ORIENT) / What Star is This (PUER NOBIS)
    Recessional: Songs of Thankfulness and Praise (SALZBURG)



    These final two stanzas of “As with Gladness Men of Old” always strike me each year I hear this hymn:

    Holy Jesus, everyday,
    Keep us in the narrow way.
    And, when earthly things are past,
    Bring our ransomed souls at last
    Where they need no star to guide,
    Where no clouds your glory hide.

    In the heavenly city bright,
    None shall need created light.
    You, its light, its joy, its crown,
    You, its sun, which goes not down.
    There forever may we sing “Alleluias” to our King!
    Thanked by 1CHGiffen
  • francis
    Posts: 10,149
    world premiere of the Missa Regina Sanctus (as previously shown in a thread here on the forum) with a 12 person schola and congregation of over 100 that learned it in advance.
    Thanked by 1ServiamScores
  • davido
    Posts: 695
    Prelude, Puer nobis are. Hal Hopson
    As with gladness
    Gloria Mass of St Francis (Buchholz)
    Psalm Source and Summit
    Celtic Alleluia (chanted verse)
    Proclamation of Easter and the Moveable dates.
    We three kings
    Missal chants in Latin
    Communion: Marche des Rois (Basse de trompette) Lebegue, O Radiant Dawn (MacMillan), The First Nowell
    Recess. What star is this
    Postlude: selections from Marche des Rois (C. Loret)

    Those verses from As with gladness are so meaningful. I also like this one from What star is this:

    O Jesus, while the star of grace
    Impels us on to seek thy face,
    Let not our slothful hearts refuse
    The guidance of thy light to use.
    Thanked by 1CHGiffen
  • Jeffrey Quick
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    Guest cantor at the other TLM church in town (St. Sebastian doesn't do TLM Epiphany)

    Pro/re: We three kings of Orient are
    Mass VIII/Credo III
    Gregorian Proper
    The Noveritis!
    Offertory:Crudelis Herodes (Mode 8)
    Communion: O sola magnarum urbium, Tribus miraculis (with Magnificat verses)
    Before the recessional (because it's what they do there): Alma Redemptoris.

    Not fancy, but as nourishing as one guy can do.
    Thanked by 1CHGiffen
  • CatholicZ09
    Posts: 181
    davido, that verse from “What Star is This” is also so beautiful. So many good hymns for Epiphany.
  • MarkB
    Posts: 878
    Entrance Antiphon (Adam Bartlett)
    Lord, Have Mercy (Peter Latona)
    Glory to God (Heritage Mass)
    Responsorial Psalm (Collegeville Chant Psalter, Anthony Ruff)
    Offertory: Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence
    Communion Antiphon (Fr. Samuel Weber)
    Communion song: Adoro te devote
    Communion song: Draw Near, Steven Janco
    Recessional: Joy to the World
    Thanked by 1CHGiffen
  • ServiamScores
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    Entrance Hymn: Angels from the Realms of Glory ("Sages, leave thy contemplations...")
    Entrance Antiphon (after hymn): Fr. Weber
    Psalm 72: my setting available here: https://psallitedomino.com/store-1/p/psalm-72-lord-every-nation-on-earth-will-adore-you-epiphany
    Offertory: As With Gladness Men of Old (Dix)
    Choir Mass: Gaudete, Christus est Natus
    Communion Antiphon: Fr. Weber
    Communion Hymn: What Child is This
    Post Communion: 2v of 'Orientes Reges Tres' (We Three Kings) sung by the choir.
    Recessional: Alma Redemptoris Mater (whole congregation)
    Thanked by 1CHGiffen
  • PaxTecum
    Posts: 277
    Prelude: Improv on the introit
    Procession: Songs of Thankfulness and Praise
    Introit: Ecce advenit
    Kyrie: Byrd for 3 voices
    Gloria: Heritage Mass
    Responsorial Psalm: Royce Nickel
    Alleluia: Mode Vi
    Offertory: Reges Tharsis
    Offertory: Organ improv on Reges Tharsis
    Sanctus/Agnus: Mass of St. Agnes
    Responses: ICEL
    Communion: Vidimus Stellam
    Communion: Of the Father's Love Begotten
    Communion: Puer natus est nobis a 3 (Morales)
    Marian Antiphon: Alma Redemptoris Mater
    Retiring Procession: We Three Kings
    Postlude BWV 751
    Thanked by 2CHGiffen tomjaw
  • Prelude: Fr Weber Entrance Antiphon
    Processional: As With Gladness Men of Old
    Ordinary: Mass of St Francis Cabrini
    Offertory: We Three Kings
    Communion: Fr Weber Antiphon and The First Noel
    Recessional: What Star is This
    Thanked by 1CHGiffen
  • Richard MixRichard Mix
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    St. David of Wales, Richmond Calif.

    Processional: As With Gladness Men of Old
    My own Missa brevis, with a newly finished Gloria.
    Offertory: Byrd Vidimus stellam
    Communion: Vidimus stellam (American Gradual)
    Postcomm. What Star is This
    Announcements: Epiphany Proclamation (I did ask to sing after the Gospel, but…)
    Recessional:We Three Kings
  • rich_enough
    Posts: 948
    Sts. Cyril and Methodius Oratory, Bridgeport, Connecticut (ICKSP)

    Prelude: Christum wir sollen loben schon (We should praise Christ beautifully) BWV 696 - J. S. Bach (chorale melody based on the chant hymn for Vespers of Epiphany, Crudelis Herodes)

    Hymn: What Star is This (PUER NOBIS)

    Proper Gregorian chants of the feast: Ecce advenit

    Mass Ordinary:
    Mass in G - Giuseppe Antonio Bernabei
    (+1732); Credo III

    Motet at the Offertory: Videntes stellam - Andrea Gabrieli (+1585)

    Motet at the Communion: Crudelis Herodes - chant alternating with SATB setting of "Christum wir sollen loben schon" (see note above) by Bartolemus Gesius (+1613) - attached below

    Hymn: As With Gladness Men of Old (DIX)

    Postlude: Christum wir sollen loben schon - Georg Böhm (+1733)
  • Tournemire
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    We had the Bishop for Epiphany here at the Cathedral of Christ the Light in Oakland. Epiphany is also our Patronal Feast Day.
    Thanked by 1CHGiffen
  • ServiamScores
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    Tournemire, I love how you’ve applied the Credo to a psalm tone! That is very neat, and a GREAT way to get people to sing it if thru-composed is too much at the time.
  • francis
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    Yes, I would love to have this for the Gloria.. does it already exist in manuscript fashion?
  • ServiamScores
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    PS- what tone is that?
  • francis
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    I think it is a simple 21st century config?
  • Caleferink
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    Tournemire, I love how you’ve applied the Credo to a psalm tone! That is very neat, and a GREAT way to get people to sing it if thru-composed is too much at the time.

    In the Source & Summit Missal, there is a setting of the Creed is set to Meinrad Tone V (fully notated, not pointed).

    As for my music list:

    Prelude: Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern (Buxtehude)
    Entrance: Weber antiphon + As with Gladness Men of Old
    Kyrie: Litany of the Saints chant
    Gloria: Andrews
    Psalm 72: Proulx/Guimont
    Alleluia: Celtic
    Noveritis was sung after the Gospel
    Offertory: Star of Wonder (Bullard) at choir Mass, We Three Kings at others
    Sanctus/Mysterium (We proclaim...)/Amen: Community Mass
    Agnus Dei: Holy Cross Mass
    Communion: Weber antiphon + The First Noel
    Closing: Songs of Thankfulness and Praise
    Thanked by 1CHGiffen
  • Question (not intended to be a put-down): Why do so many OF parishes who otherwise have fairly solid musical selections and use the propers often omit the offertory antiphon?
  • TrentonjConn,

    Here are several attempts at a serious answer:

    Many times, the Offertory antiphon is hard to locate, especially if you're using a printed missalette.

    It's the one time in the Mass when there is enough space to sing a long-ish hymn or anthem.

    We use most of the chant, but not this one.

    It's the hardest one to sing because it's the least written in collections.

    Liturgy Committees might require other concessions if we sang the Latin Offertory antiphon.

    Ushers are noisy, so we need something louder to cover their noise.
  • ServiamScores
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    It's the one time in the Mass when there is enough space to sing a long-ish hymn or anthem.
    this is largely the reason for us; it actually feels about the most natural place to sing a hymn, as such, compared to other points in the liturgy. It is also the least disruptive to place an anthem for the choir. In our case, I do use offertory antiphons from time to time, and I will try to pad any time after the hymn or anthem with one when I can. Just happened this past weekend for Epiphany, actually, although it wasn’t formally scheduled.

    I’ll also add that the offertory is a bit of housekeeping, in a certain sense. It’s preparations for the deeper prayers to begin, so there’s less for the congregation to focus on at that moment in time. I know there ARE offertory prayers for the priest, but you know what I mean. Ostensibly it’s a few minutes of busy work before you really get down to business. So it’s less of a detraction from a prayer perspective, than asking people to sing a communion hymn, for instance.
  • We use the Lalemont propers at the offertory so it's very quick, and there's still plenty of time for a hymn or other musical offering.
    Thanked by 1ServiamScores