Thursday, January 7, 2016

Music for Holy Mass: Baptism of the Lord

I know of many who think Christmas ends with the Epiphany (the "12th day of Christmas").
Then you have the retail industry and mainstream media who have screwed up Christmas so bad, they think it starts on All Saints Day and ends at midnight on St. Stephen's feast day (December 26), not to mention that Jesus isn't even thought of in their eyes.  It's all about cuddling up by the fire and riding in a sleigh and swapping gifts to them.
Christmas actually ends with the Baptism of the Lord, which we celebrate this Sunday.

So, without further ado...


Entrance hymn: On Jordan's bank, "Winchester New"
Gloria: Mass of the Shepherds, Pietro Yon (except 7:30: Gloria VIII)
Psalm 104: O bless the Lord, my soul, Royce Nickel
Alleluia: Alleluia "Divinum Mysterium" (Mode V, adapted by BMP)
Offertory hymn: Hark! a thrilling voice is sounding, "Merton"
Sanctus: Mass of the Shepherds (except 7:30: Sanctus XVIII)
Memorial Acclamation: Mortem tuam annuntiamus, Domine, chant
Amen: Dresden, arr. Theodore Marier
Agnus Dei: Mass of the Shepherds (except 7:30: Agnus XVIII)
Communion anthem: Break forth, O beauteous heav'nly light, "Ermuntre Dich" (arr. J.S. Bach)
Post-commuion hymn: Let all mortal flesh keep silence, "Picardy"
Recessional hymn: Songs of thankfulness and praise, "Salzburg"

Come Monday, it's back to "Ordinary Time", folks.  A "return to normalcy" for a brief time, as Ash Wednesday is only a month away (February 10).


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