6 Jan 2016

Music for Epiphany

From New Liturgical Movement:

Latin Rite Hymn for Vespers

Hostis, Herodes impie,                      Why, impious Herod, vainly fear
Christum venire quid times?             that Christ the Savior cometh here?
Non eripit mortalia,                            He takes no earthly realms away
qui regna dat caelestia.                      Who gives the crown that lasts for aye

Ibant Magi, quam viderant,                To greet His birth the Wise Men went,
stellam sequentes praeviam:              led by the star before them sent;
Lumen requirunt lumine:                called on by light, towards Light they pressed,
Deum fatentur munere.                      and by their gifts their God confessed.

Lavacra puri gurgitis                           In holy Jordan’s purest wave
caelestis Agnus attigit:                        the heavenly Lamb vouchsafed to lave;
peccata, quae non detulit,                  That He, to whom was sin unknown,
nos abluendo sustulit.                         might cleanse His people from their own.

Novum genus potentiae:                     New miracle of power divine!
aquae rubescunt hydriae,                   The water reddens into wine:
vinumque iussa fundere,                     He spake the word: and poured the wave
mutavit unda originem.                       in other streams than nature gave.

Jesu, tibi sit gloria,                                All glory, Lord, to Thee we pay
qui apparuisti gentibus,                       for Thine Epiphany today;
cum Patre, et almo Spiritu,                  all glory as is ever meet,
in sempiterna saecula. Amen.              to Father and to Paraclete. Amen.

The Troparion and Kontakion of the Byzantine Rite

Troparion : Tone 1 When Thou, O Lord, were baptized in the Jordan, the worship of the Trinity was made manifest: for the voice of the Father bore witness to Thee, and called Thee His beloved Son. And the Spirit, in the form of a dove, confirmed the truthfulness of His word. O Christ, our God, Who hast revealed Thyself and enlightened the world, glory to You!
Kontakion : Tone 4 Today Thou hast shown forth to the world, O Lord, and the light of Thy countenance hath been marked on us, as we sing Thy praises in knowledge (of Thee). Thou hast come and revealed Thyself, o unapproachable Light.

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