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Second Sunday after the Nativity (ABC)

For places where the Solemnity of the Epiphany is always celebrated on January 6

Liturgical Music

Official texts

  • Introit:
    1. Dum medium silentium tenerent omnia [Graduale Romanum, p.53]
    2. Dum medium silentium tenerent omnia [Gregorian Missal, p.213]
    3. Dominus dixit ad me [Graduale simplex, p.64]
    4. While a profound silence enveloped all things [Simple English Propers, p.42 (Adam Bartlett) CMAA]
    5. When peaceful silence lay over all [Simple Choral Gradual, p.32 (Richard Rice) CMAA]
    6. When a profound silence covered all things [The Proper of the Mass (Fr. Samuel F. Weber OSB) 4 versions, pp.96-98 / Ignatius Press]
    7. When a profound silence covered all things [English Proper Chants (John Ainslie) p.26, with Psalm 93[92] / Liturgical Press]
    8. When a profound silence covered all things [Lumen Christi Simple Gradual (Adam Bartlett) #169, with Psalm 93 / Illuminare Publications]
    9. The Lord said to me: You are my Son [By Flowing Waters (Paul Ford) p.12, with Psalm 2 / Liturgical Press]
    10. While Silence Covered All [tune: Saint George] from Introit Hymns #11 (Christoph Tietze)
  • Gradual (Responsorial Psalm):
    1. Speciosus forma [Graduale Romanum, p.54]
    2. Speciosus forma [Gregorian Missal, p.214]
    3. Speciosus forma (William Byrd)
    4. Tecum principatus [Graduale simplex, p.65]
    5. Before the morning star I have begotten you [By Flowing Waters (Paul Ford) p.13, with Psalm 110 / Liturgical Press]
    6. Parish Book of Psalms (Arlene Oost-Zinner)
  • Alleluia (Gospel Acclamation):
    1. Dominus regnavit, decorem [Graduale Romanum, p.46]
    2. Dominus regnavit, decorem [Gregorian Missal, p.195]
    3. Dominus regnavit (Josquin des Prez)
    4. Cantate Domino [Graduale simplex, p.66]
    5. Alleluia, O sing to the Lord a new song [By Flowing Waters (Paul Ford) p.13, with Psalm 98 / Liturgical Press]
  • Offertory:
    1. Benedic anima mea Domino [Graduale Romanum, p.362]
    2. Benedic anima mea Domino [Gregorian Missal, p.584]
    3. Lætentur cæli [Graduale simplex, p.67]
    4. Bless the Lord, O my soul [Simple English Propers, p.43 (Adam Bartlett) CMAA]
    5. My soul give thanks to the Lord [Simple Choral Gradual, p.33 (Richard Rice) CMAA]
    6. Bless the Lord, O my soul [The Proper of the Mass (Fr. Samuel F. Weber OSB) 5 versions, pp.99-102 / Ignatius Press]
    7. Bless the Lord, O my soul [Lumen Christi Simple Gradual (Adam Bartlett) #170, with Psalm 103 / Illuminare Publications]
    8. Be glad, you heavens [By Flowing Waters (Paul Ford) p.15, with Psalm 96 / Liturgical Press]
  • Communion:
    1. Domine Dominus noster, quam admirabile [Graduale Romanum, p.357]
    2. Domine Dominus noster, quam admirabile [Gregorian Missal, p.575]
    3. Domine Dominus noster, quam admirabile [Communio, p.59 (Richard Rice) CMAA]
    4. Domine Dominus noster (Johann Michael Haydn)
    5. Viderunt omnes fines terræ [Graduale simplex, p.68]
    6. O Lord, our governor [Simple English Propers, p.44 (Adam Bartlett) CMAA]
    7. Domine Dominus noster, quam admirabile [Choral Communio, p.175 (Richard Rice) Hostia Laudis Co]
    8. He gave to all who accepted him [Simple Choral Gradual, p.34 (Richard Rice) CMAA]
    9. To all who would accept him [The Proper of the Mass (Fr. Samuel F. Weber OSB) 4 versions, pp.102-104 / Ignatius Press]
    10. To all who would accept him [English Proper Chants (John Ainslie) p.27, with Psalm 8 / Liturgical Press]
    11. O Lord, our Lord [Lumen Christi Simple Gradual (Adam Bartlett) #171, with Psalm 8 / Illuminare Publications]
    12. All the ends of the earth have seen [By Flowing Waters (Paul Ford) p.15, with Psalm 98 / Liturgical Press]
  • Mass settings:
    1. Latin Chant Masses VIII (De angelis) & XI (Orbis factor)
    2. Latin Gregorian Chant Masses XI (Orbis factor) & VIII (De angelis)
    3. Latin Missa sanctorum angelorum (Calvert Shenk)
    4. Latin Mass of Saint Jerome (Christopher Bord)
    5. Mass of Our Lady, Help of Christians (Richard Connolly)
    6. Mass of Saint Agnes (B. Andrew Mills)
    7. Mass of the Angels (Richard J. Clark)
    8. Mass of the Redemption (Calvert Shenk / Adam Taylor)
    9. Modal Mass (Calvert Shenk / Adam Taylor)
    10. Stirling Bridge Mass (Gary Penkala)

Other liturgical music

Hymns

  • Christians, Awake (ICEL #16, CHB #17, EH #16)
  • Good Christian Men, Rejoice (AH #334, CBW #465, CH #190, HH #45, ICEL #18, PMB #33, WIII #391, SMH #544, EH #31)
  • How Great Our Joy! (CH #189, SMH #568)
  • Joy to the World (AH #320, CBW #454, CH #208, HPSC #205, ICEL #22, PMB #24, WIII #399, SMH #600, EH #319, VII #232, LCH #21)
  • Of the Father's Love Begotten (AH #331, CBW #470, CH #220, HH #44, HPSC #269, ICEL #25, WIII #398, CHB #28, SMH #691, EH #20, VII #332)
  • The Living Light of Heaven (Kathleen Pluth) from Hymns for the Liturgical Year
  • While Silence Covered All [tune: Saint George] from Introit Hymns #11 (Christoph Tietze)
AH = The Adoremus Hymnal, Ignatius Press
CBW = Catholic Book of Worship II / Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops
CD = Cantate Domino / Hymnal Supplement, GIA Publications, Inc.
CH = The Collegeville Hymnal, The Liturgical Press
CHB = The Catholic Hymn Book [London Oratory], Gracewing Publishers
EH = The Hymnal 1940 (Episcopal), used by many Anglican Use Roman Catholic parishes
HH = Hymnal of the Hours, GIA Publications, Inc.
HPSC = Hymns, Psalms & Spiritual Canticles, out of print but excellent
ICEL = ICEL Resource Collection, GIA Publications, Inc.
LCH = Lumen Christi Hymnal, Illuminare Publications
PMB = People's Mass Book, World Library Publications, Inc.
SMH = The Saint Michael Hymnal – 4th Edition 2011, Saint Boniface Church, Lafayette IN
VII = Vatican II Hymnal, Corpus Christi Watershed
WIII = Worship, 3rd Edition, GIA Publications, Inc.

Choral Music

Organ Music

  • A solis ortus cardine from Four Preludes on Chant Hymns (Mark Siebert)
  • Der Tag der ist so freudenreich (J.S. Bach) [Orgelbüchlein] [Neumeister Collection - Yale University Press]
  • Der Tag der ist so freudenreich (J.H. Buttstedt) [Organist's Companion, November 1994]
  • Der Tag der ist so freudenreich (Dieterich Buxtehude) [Organist's Companion, November 1992]
  • Der Tag der ist so freudenreich (J.K.F. Fischer) [Church Organist's Golden Treasury I - Oliver Ditson Co]
  • Der Tag der ist so freudenreich (Johann Pachelbel) [Eighty Chorale Preludes - Peters 4448]
  • Divinum mysterium (Richard Purvis) [Leeds Music Corp]
  • Divinum mysterium (Dorothy Howell Sheets) [Organist's Companion, November 1992]
  • Divinum mysterium from Four Preludes on Chant Hymns (Mark Siebert)
  • Fanfare, Prelude and Chorale on Joy to the World (Ronald Besemer) [Organist's Companion, December 1984]
  • Fantasy on Antioch (Emma Lou Diemer) [AGO 90th Anniversary Anthology of American Organ Music - Oxford]
  • Five Variations on Antioch (John Hebden Schaffner) [Organist's Companion, November 1998]
  • Good Christian Men, Rejoice (Wilbur Held) from Six Carol Settings [Concordia 97-4985]
  • Hail the Day So Rich in Cheer (Paul Manz) from Improvisations for the Christmas Season, Set 3 [Morning Star Music Publishers #10-102]
  • He Whom Shepherd Men Came Praising (Paul Manz) [Improvisations for the Christmas Season, Set II - Morning Star Music Publ 10-101]
  • In dulci jubilo (J.S. Bach) [Orgelbüchlein] [Old Masters of the Organ - Kalmus] [Joyce Jones Chirstmas Collection - Bradley Publ] [Organist's Companion, November 1998]
  • In dulci jubilo (Johann Michael Bach) [Church Organist's Golden Treasury II - Oliver Ditson Co]
  • In dulci jubilo from Five Chorale Preludes (Colin Brumby)
  • In dulci jubilo (Dieterich Buxtehude) [Church Organist's Golden Treasury II - Oliver Ditson Co] [Anthologia pro organo IV - Schott Frères] [Joyce Jones Christmas Collection - Bradley Publ] [Organist's Companion, November 2001]
  • In dulci jubilo: Partita for Organ (James A. Dale) [Organist's Companion, November 1994]
  • In dulci jubilo (George Lachenauer) [Organist's Companion, November 1999]
  • In dulci jubilo (Vincent Lübeck) [Orgelwerke - Peters] [Organist's Companion, December 1987]
  • In dulci jubilo (Fridolin Sicher) [Consoliere IV-4 - World Library Publ] [Organist's Companion, November 1993]
  • In dulci jubilo (J.G. Walther) [Church Organist's Golden Treasury II - Oliver Ditson Co] [Organist's Companion, December 1986 ]
  • In dulci jubilo (F.W. Zachau) [Eighty Chorale Preludes - Peters 4448]
  • Joy to the World (Alfred Fedak) [Organist's Companion, December 1985]
  • Joy to the World (Hugo Gehrke) [Parish Organist, Part 1 - Concordia]
  • Joy to the World (Wilbur Held) [A Nativity Suite - Concordia 97-4461]
  • Joy to the World: In the Style of Vivaldi (James Konkel) [Organist's Companion, November 1990]
  • Now Sing We Now Rejoice (Paul Manz) [Improvisations for the Christmas Season, Set III - Morning Star Music Publ 10-102]
  • Of the Father's Love Begotten (Wilbur Held) from Six Carol Settings [Concordia 97-4985]
  • Of the Father's Love Begotten (David Johnson) [Augsburg 11-841]
  • Postlude on Antioch (Gordon Young) [Ten Christmas Organ Voluntaries - Presser]
  • Prelude and Postlude on Jesu Redemptor omnium (Jonathan Hellerman)
  • Quem pastores (R.E. Gahringer) [Organist's Companion, November 1990]
  • Stille Nacht from Seven Preludes for the Church Year (Donna Robertson)
  • Three Preludes for the Christmas Cycle (Robert Farrell)

Liturgical Hints & Ideas

In locations where the Solemnity of the Epiphany is always celebrated on January 6, most years the Sunday after January 1 will be The Second Sunday after the Nativity. This Sunday is never seen in the United States, where Epiphany is not a holyday of obligation, and is always transferred to this very Sunday.

It's a shame that it is perpetually suppressed in the U.S. — the Propers and Orations are wonderfully beautiful and profound. The Gospel (Saint John's Prologue) is the same as at the Christmas Mass during the Day. If, for you, Epiphany still falls on the 12th Day of Christmas, then you are doubly fortunate to be able to enjoy this "Second Sunday" celebration as well!

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