“The Young Tractarians”: Article in The Prayer Book Today

I recently wrote a short piece for The Prayer Book Today, the periodical of The Prayer Book Society, in which I discuss aspects of traditional liturgy, discipleship, postmodernity, and how The Young Tractarians podcast relates to all this.

See pp. 4-5 in the 2019 Trinitytide edition of The Prayer Book Today.

Noveritis Fratres 2019 – The Epiphany Proclamation of Feasts in (Prayerbook) English, set to chant

Veronica Brandt has once again kindly made the Epiphany Proclamation, or the “Solemn Proclamation of Movable Feasts” for 2019, known as the “Noveritis”, available in Latin on her website.

Taking the English text available in the 2011 Roman Missal and tweaking it here and there so that it would better fit the chant and sound more like the Prayerbook, I have created a “fork” of Veronica’s fine work for use with the Anglican / English Missals or the Prayerbook. For 2019 it’s available on the links below:

Epiphany Proclamation 2019 English Missal.pdf (40kB). (gABC here).

If you just want the text for 2019, here it is:

KNOW YE, DEAR BRETHREN, that as we have rejoiced at the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ, so by leave of God’s mercy we announce to you also the joy of his Resurrection, who is our Saviour. On the seventeenth day of February is the Sunday calléd Septuagesima. On the sixth day of March shall fall Ash Wednesday, which beginneth the most holy fast of Lent. On the twenty-first day of April celebrate we with great joy the Passover of our Lord Jesus Christ. On the thirtieth day of May shall fall the Ascension of our Lord Jesus Christ. On the ninth day of June falls Whitsunday. On the twentieth day of the same, the feast of the most holy Body of Christ. On the first day of December shall fall the first Sunday of the Advent of our Lord Jesus Christ, to whom be honour and glory, throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.

Suggestions for improvement would be most welcome!

Breviary hymns from the Nativity to the Epiphany are now up

The hymns for the Christmas season are now up. As always, please head over to the Master List of Hymns to download them, they are the ones ranging from C48 – C118.

The titles are as follows:

The Nativity »

  • Veni, Redemptor gentium (Come, thou Redeemer of the earth)
  • A solis ortu cardine (From lands that see the sun arise)
  • Christe, Redemptor omnium (Jesu, the Father’s only Son)

St Stephen the Protomartyr »

  • Funde precis pro devoto (Stephen, may thy kind protection)
  • Sancte Dei pretiose (Saint of God, elect and precious)

The Holy Innocents »

  • Audit tyrannus anxius (The anxious tyrant hears aghast)
  • Salvete, flores Martyrum (All hail! ye infant martyr flowers)

The Circumcision »

  • Felix dies quam  proprio (O blessed day, when first was poured)
  • A solis ortu cardine (From lands that see the sun arise)
  • Christe, Redemptor omnium (Jesu, the Father’s only Son)

The Epiphany »

  • A Patre Unigenitus (From God, by mystic virgin-birth)
  • O Sola magnarum urbium (How great soe’er earth’s cities be)
  • Hostis Herodes impie (Why, impious Herod, vainly fear)

(If you are wondering where St Thomas Becket is: his office is from the Common of Martyrs.)

Happy Christmas(tide)!

The Epiphany – I&II Vespers – Hostis Herodes impie (Why, impious Herod, vainly fear). C118.

Anglican Breviary page no: C118.
PDF download: C118 Hostis Herodes impie typeset.pdf (78kB).
gABC download: Hostis Herodes impie.gabc (418B).

WHY, impious Herod, vainly fear
That Christ the Saviour cometh here?
He takes not earthly realms away
Who gives the crown that lasts for aye.

2. To greet his birth the Wise Men went,
Led by the star before them sent;
Called on by light, towards Light they pressed,
And by their gifts their God confessed.

3. In holy Jordan’s purest wave
The heavenly Lamb vouchsafed to lave;
That he, to whom was sin unknown,
Might cleanse his people from their own.

4. New miracle of Power Divine!
The water reddens into wine;
He spake te word, and poured the wave
In other streams than nature gave.

Proper Doxology:

All glory, Jesu be to thee
For this thy glad Epiphany;
Whom with the Father we adore,
And Holy Ghost, for evermore.
Amen.