8/1/6 Epiphany

 Francesco Bergamini (1815-1883): Reading the Choir Notes


Christ Church Cathedral – Montreal, QC


Choir Notes


January 6, 2008 – Epiphany

Sandro Botticelli, Adoration of the Magi, Uffizi, Florence, 1475

On entering the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother; and they knelt down and paid him homage. Then, opening their treasure chests, they offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh (NRSV,Matthew 2:11).


January 6, 2008: Epiphany of the Lord 


(For an explanation of [BNQ] and [CML] and where they lead click here.)

 (Clicking on the Sunday or feast day will bring up the appropriate liturgical readings.  The Vanderbilt Lectionary sometimes lists two readings from the Hebrew scriptures.  Christ Church Cathedral always uses the first Hebrew reading with its appropriate psalm.) 


10:00 am Choral Eucharist

The Cathedral Singers                                                                                         


PreludeWie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern, BuxWV 223, Dietrich Buxtehude  (1637-1707)        [BNQ]     [CML]                     
Mass Setting:  Missa Brevis No. 4 "Divinum Mysterium," Healey Willan (1880-1968)  [BNQ]    [CML] 

Introit: Omnes de Saba Venient (text), Jacob Handl (1550-91) 

MotetSurge, Illuminare Jerusalem (text), (one-minute clip), Francesco Corteccia (1502-71)

PostludeStella orientis, Marcel Dupré  (1886-1971)  [BNQ]    [CML]


4:00 pm A Festival of Lessons and Carols for Epiphany                                                The Cathedral Singers      


Prelude:  Les Mages (listen) from La Nativité du Seigneur (listen), Olivier Messiaen(1908-92)      [BNQ]

Introit:  How Bright Apppears the Morning Star, Philipp Nicolai (1556-1608)                    Carols: Omnes de Saba Veniunt (text), Jacob Handl  (1550-91)                                         Lux Aurumque (text) (listen), Eric Whitacre (b. 1970)                                                            Psallite unigenito (text) (listen), Michael Praetorius (1571-1621)        [BNQ]  [CML]             How far is it to Bethlehem? (text), English, arr. David Willcocks (b. 1919)                        

The Three Kings (text), Jonathan Dove (b. 1959)                                                           

Coventry Carol (text), (listen), Shearmen and Tailors play, 15th century                              Which was Son of. . . (text), (listen), Arvo Pärt (b. 1935)   [BnQ]   [CML]                              Tribus Miraculis (text), Luca Marenzio  (1553-99)      [BNQ]                                                 Surge, Illuminare Jerusalem (text), (one-minute clip), Francesco Corteccia (1502-71)         Postlude:  How Bright Appears the Morning Star, Joseph Ahrens (1904-97)



Click to watch a festive Holy Eucharist from Trinity Church Wall Street marking Christmas Eve 2007, featuring a Choral Prelude & Carol Sing. Music by the Trinity Choir, with the Rebel Baroque Orchestra, Owen Burdick (conductor) including the Messe de Minuit pour Noël by Marc-Antoine Charpentier; O Magnum Mysterium by Victoria, Poulenc, de Morales and Lauridsen; motets by Kenneth Leighton, John Gardner and Herbert Howells; and organ voluntaries by J.S. Bach and Louis Vierne.