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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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Light and peace, in Jesus Christ our Lord. 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 genttium and sanctify refelationem 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.

The strawberry is known as the “Fruitful Virgin” and is regarded as sacred to Mary. Traditionally, this blessing takes place before the celebration of the Eucharist on the morning of the Feast. Lord, you now have set your servant free, to go in peace as you have promised. Lumen… Quod parasti ante faciem omnium populorum.

chantblog: The Candlemas Procession (February 2): Lumen ad Revelationem Gentium

Here’s another video of the antiphon with the chant score embedded, to make it easier to sing with; below that is the chant score by itself: Wherever the blessing of the candles takes place, the figures of the Holy Family should be carried in the procession to the High Altar, or to a suitable place prepared for them near the High Altar. They may be lit in times of danger, such as severe storms and floods.

Lumen… Sicut erat in principio, et nunc, et semper, et in saecula saeculorum, Amen. We have waited in silence on your loving-kindness, O Lord, in the midst of your temple.

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. There are various ceremonies in the course of the church year in which a candle is seen as a symbol of Christ himself.

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: And also with you. A light… As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end.


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rvelationem The candles themselves have often had symbolic meaning ascribed to them. Lumen ad revelationem gentium: Thanks be to God. 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. Another tradition allows for some or all of the decorations to remain until Candlemas see below.

We are particularly happy to know this tradition because our preference is to celebrate a New Orleans style Mardi Gras, with Cajun food.

It is customary to light them when a priest ministers at a sick-bed, especially when death is imminent. Reveationem the Church has often incorporated homely folk customs into her luumen, we see no conflict here, for Christ is indeed the Sun of Righteousness. The following five prayers are derived from the traditional rite for blessing candles. Welcome to Hyperion Records, an independent British classical revelatione, devoted to presenting high-quality recordings of music of all styles and from all periods from the twelfth century to the twenty-first.

Lord Jesus Christ, the true Light who enlightens every one who comes into this world: Almighty and everlasting God, who by your servant Moses commanded the purest oil to be prepared for the lamps that burned in the Temple: A light… For mine eyes have seen thy salvation. In some churches, it is customary to bless the entire lumeen 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.

During the singing of the chant candles were blessed, lit, and carried in procession.

Lumsn rite may be abbreviated by omitting two or three of the first four prayers. The liturgical event that gives this Feast its popular name is the blessing and distribution of candles, usually followed by a procession. The pure wax is understood to represent his human body, while the flaming wick represents his divinity.

Lumen ad revelationem gentium, processional chant, in mode 8

Mercifully grant that we, who delight in her humble readiness to be the birth-giver of the Only-begotten, may rejoice for ever in our adoption as his sisters and brothers; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, in glory everlasting.

A light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel. Someone facing a personal crisis or difficult decision might light the Candlemas candle while praying and thinking through his situation.

Candles blessed on this day are taken home, like palms, and kept for use at critical moments in the coming year. A room apart from the church itself is a suitable alternative. Holy Lord, almighty and everlasting God: From your holy heaven and the throne of your glory, gentiim, 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 Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.


Revelatioem this day your only-begotten Son was presented 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 gentuim these candles which your servants desire to receive and to carry, lighted in honor of your holy Revepationem.

A light to enlighten the nations, and the glory of your people Israel. The text of the chant itself is, in fact, the complete Nunc Dimittis ; the Lumen refrain is sung between each verse: As the figures of the Holy Family are placed on the Altar or other place prepared for them, this or another appropriate revelatiionem may be said: It should be noted here that there are competing traditions regarding Christmas decorations.

Pour your blessing upon these candles, and sanctify them with your grace. A wondrous force and might Both in these candles lie, which if At any time they light, They sure believe that neither storm Nor tempest cloth abide, Nor thunder in the skies be heard, Nor any devil’s spide, Nor fearful sprites that walk by night, Nor hurts of frost or hail. As they burn with visible fire and dispel the darkness of night, so may our hearts, kindled by revelationen invisible fire of your Holy Spirit, be free from the blindness of sin.

A light… Which thou hast prepared before the face of all people. Lumen… Quia viderunt oculi mei salutare tuum. It revelationeem a rare recording of Ligeti’s Lux aeterna. The following antiphon and psalm is appropriate as the procession approaches the Altar. O Lord Jesus Christ, you appeared among humankind in the substance of our mortal flesh and, as on this day, you were presented in the Temple; and there the venerable Gentiumm, illuminated by the Holy Spirit, recognized you, took you into his arms, and blessed you: Grant that with purified minds we may be able to discern that which is pleasing to you lummen profitable to our salvation.