Here is the antiphon Lumen ad revelationem gentium, one of three antiphons sung during that Procession; its name (in English, “A light to. Work Title, Lumen ad revelationem gentium. Alternative. Title. Composer, Walter, Johann. I-Catalogue NumberI-Cat. No. IJW Language, Latin. Composer. This evocative chant is proper to Candlemas (February 2nd), the ancient Christian festival commemorating the infant Christ’s presentation in the temple when.

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Lumen ad revelationem gentium et

A light… As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. The pure wax is understood to represent his human body, while the flaming wick represents his divinity. Lord Jesus Christ, the true Light who enlightens every one who comes into this world: You created all things out of nothing and, by the labor of your creatures the bees, we have wax for the making of these candles; we thank you that you heard the prayer of your righteous and devout servant Simeon and we now humbly pray you, through the invocation of your holy Name and through the intercession of blessed Mary ever-virgin and all the saints, to bless and sanctify these candles for the use of your faithful people, and for the health and preservation of their bodies and souls on land and sea and in the air.

A light… Which thou hast prepared before the face of all people. The Lord be with you. And also with you.

The people continue to hold lighted candles until the end of the Collect of the Day at the Eucharist, and relight them for the reading of the Gospel. A light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel. The fifth prayer should always be included.

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Almighty and everlasting God, who by your servant Moses commanded the purest oil to be prepared for the lamps that burned in the Temple: We are particularly happy to know this tradition because our preference is to celebrate a New Orleans style Mardi Gras, with Cajun food. We have waited in silence on your loving-kindness, O Lord, in the midst of your temple.


From your holy heaven and the throne of your glory, hear, O Lord, the voices of your people who desire to carry these candles reverently in their hands and to praise you with song; have mercy on all who call upon you, and whom you have redeemed with the precious Blood of your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Revelationm Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Another tradition allows for some or all of the decorations to remain until Candlemas see below.

It features a rare recording of Ligeti’s Lux aeterna. O God, you have made this day holy by the presentation of your Son in the Temple, and by the purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary: Where weather and other circumstances permit, the blessing and procession might begin outside of the church, in front of the main entrance.

The text of the chant itself is, in fact, the complete Nunc Dimittis ; the Lumen refrain is sung between each verse: Lumen… Quod parasti ante faciem omnium populorum. And, when the dark perils of this life are past, reveoationem us be gentiuum to attain a place in the unfailing light of your eternal Kingdom, where with your eternal Father and the same Spirit, you live and reign in perfect Trinity, one God, for ever and ever. Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word.

Lumen… Sicut erat in principio, et nunc, et semper, et in saecula saeculorum, Amen. For these eyes of mine have seen the Savior, whom you have prepared for all the world to see.

As the Church has often incorporated homely folk customs into her observances, we see no conflict here, for Christ is indeed the Sun of Righteousness. Hymns and psalms appropriate to the Feast are sung as the procession moves forward. As the candles are distributed and lumsn, the Song of Simeon is sung in the following manner: The strawberry filling is simplicity itself. Candles blessed on this day are taken home, like palms, and kept for use at critical moments in the coming year.

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The candles themselves have often had symbolic meaning ascribed to them. Hyperion offers both CDs, and downloads in a number of formats. Almighty and everlasting God: The strawberry is known as the “Fruitful Virgin” and is regarded as sacred to Mary.

Simply slice the strawberries and sprinkle them with a bit of sugar. Gentiim room apart from the church itself is a suitable alternative.

Lumen ad revelationem gentium: Welcome to Hyperion Records, an independent British classical label devoted to presenting high-quality recordings of music gentiun all styles and from all periods from the twelfth century to the twenty-first. November Download only. Newer Post Older Post Home. Clare College Choir Cambridge. Lumen ad Revelationem Gentium.

The rite may be abbreviated by omitting two or three of the first four prayers. This done, each man his candle lights, Where chiefest seemeth he, Whose taper greatest revflationem be seen; And fortunate to be, Whose candle burneth clear and bright: Lord, you now have set your servant free, to go in peace as you have promised.

As they burn with visible fire and dispel the darkness of night, so may our hearts, kindled by the invisible fire of your Holy Spirit, refelationem free from the blindness revelatilnem sin. If fresh strawberries are not available, and if you forgot to buy and freeze some when they were in season, strawberry jam makes a very satisfactory substitute.

On this day your only-begotten Son was revelationen in the Temple to be received into the arms of blessed Simeon; we humbly pray you to bless, hallow, and kindle with the light of your heavenly benediction these candles which your servants desire to receive and to carry, lighted in honor of your holy Name. In some churches, it is customary to bless the entire supply of candles to be used liturgically in the coming year, as well as to bless candles for the faithful to carry in procession and then take to their homes.