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Solemnity of Epiphany of the Lord - Mass during the Day (ABC)

Liturgical Music

Official texts

Other liturgical music

Hymns

  • A Child Is Born in Bethlehem (HH #42, HPSC #99, WIII #384)
  • As with Gladness Men of Old (HH #52, ICEL #33, WIII #409, AH #353, CH #229, HPSC #114, CBW #478, CHB #41, SMH #220, EH #52, VII #236)
  • At the Lord's Appearing (Kathleen Pluth) from Hymns for the Liturgical Year
  • Behold, the Sovereign Lord Is Nigh [tune: Winchester Old] from Introit Hymns #12 (Christoph Tietze)
  • Bethlehem, of Noblest Cities (AH #352, CHB #42, VII #339)
  • Brighest and Best of the Stars of the Morning (CH #233, HH #50, CHB #43, SMH #245, EH #46, VII #337)
  • Earth Has Many a Noble City (HH #53, ICEL #34, CH #230, SMH #286, EH #48)
  • Hail to the Lord's Anointed (AH #354, CH #175, HH #54, HPSC #181, ICEL #229, CHB #3, SMH #328, EH #545)
  • How Brightly Beams the Morning Star (CD #815, WIII #390, HH #55, CH #214, CHB #45, EH #329)
  • O Morning Star, How Fair and Bright (HPSC #256)
  • The First Nowell (AH #327, CBW #460, CH #211, HPSC #318, ICEL #30, PMB #31, WIII #408, CHB #37, SMH #558, EH #61, VII #235)
  • We Three Kings of Orient Are (AH #350, CH #232, ICEL #35, PMB #38, WIII #406, SMH #600, EH #51)
  • What Star Is This? (HH #58, WIII #407, HPSC #350, CBW #477, CHB #49, SMH #606, EH #47)
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.
PMB = People's Mass Book, World Library Publications, Inc.
SMH = The Saint Michael Hymnal – 3rd Edition 2003, Saint Boniface Church, Lafayette IN
VII = Vatican II Hymnal, Corpus Christi Watershed
WIII = Worship, 3rd Edition, GIA Publications, Inc.

Choral Music

  • All They from Saba Shall Come; (Leo Sowerby, Jacob Handl)
  • Arise, Shine, O Zion (Maurice Greene)
  • Behold A Star from Christus (Felix Mendelssohn)
  • Blessed Be the Lord (Eugene Englert)
  • Cum natus esset Jesus (Cristóbal de Morales)
  • Gaudete omnes (Jan Pieters Sweelinck)
  • Hodie Christus natus est (Gregorian chant) from Booklet of Chant, Volume 1
  • Magi veniunt ab oriente (Jacobus Clemens non Papa)
  • O magnum mysterium (Giovanni Gabrieli, Tomás Luis de Victoria)
  • O Splendor of God's Glory Bright (John Reese)
  • O'er the Hill and O'er the Vale (J. William Greene)
  • Offertorien für Weihnacht und Epiphanias (Max Filke)
  • Orietur stella (Jacob Handl)
  • Outlanders, Whence Come Ye Last? (J. William Greene)
  • Quem pastores laudavere (arr. John Rutter) from Carols for Choirs II [Oxford]
  • Salve puerule (M.A. Charpentier) from Carols for Choirs III [Oxford]
  • Singet dem Herren (Johann Pachelbel)
  • Ten New Carols for Advent and Christmas, Volume 1 (Gary Penkala)
  • Ten New Carols for Advent and Christmas, Volume 2 (Greene, Brumby, Penkala)
  • We Have Seen His Star (Everett Titcomb)
  • Where Is the Newborn King? (Andreas Hammerschmidt)
  • Videntes stellam (Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, Francis Poulenc, Tomás Luis de Victoria)

Organ Music

  • As with Gladness Men of Old (Henry Markworth) [Parish Organist, Part 1 - Concordia]
  • Brightest and Best of the Sons of the Morning (Jan Bender) [Parish Organist XI - Concordia]
  • Christum wir sollen loben schon (J.S. Bach) from Orgelbüchlein
  • Communion from Messe basse (Camil van Hulse)
  • Dix (Don Freudenberg) [Organist's Companion, September 1996]
  • How Lovely Shines the Morning Star (Jan Bender) [Parish Organist, Part 9: Wedding Music - Concordia]
  • How Lovely Shines the Morning Star (Paul Manz) [Improvisations for the Christmas Season, Set III - Morning Star Music Publ 10-102]
  • How Lovely Shines the Morning Star (Flor Peeters) [Thirty Chorale Preludes, Book 1 - Peters 6023]
  • How Lovely Shines the Morning Star (Max Reger) [Chorale Preludes for the Church Year - Carl Fischer]
  • Little Prelude on Morning Star (Randolph Currie) [Organist's Companion, November 1991]
  • Morning Star (G. Winston Cassler) [Organist's Companion, December 1980]
  • Partita on Dix (Dennis Janzer) [Organist's Companion, October 1986]
  • Postlude on Kings of Orient (Gordon Young) [Ten Christmas Organ Voluntaries - Presser]
  • Prelude on The First Noel (James Konkel) [Organist's Companion, November 1989]
  • Prelude on The First Noel (Gordon Young) [Ten Christmas Organ Voluntaries - Presser]
  • Promenade on We Three Kings (Jack C. Goode) [Organist's Companion, December 1984]
  • Songs of Thankfulness and Praise fromThree Preludes for the Christmas Cycle (Robert Farrell)
  • The First Noel (Wilbur Held) [Six Carol Settings - Concordia 97-4985]
  • The First Noel (Charles Ore) [Eleven Compositions for Organ Bk 3 - Concordia 97-5702]
  • The First Noel (John Hebdon Schaffner) [Organist's Companion, November 2001]
  • The Three Kings (Wilbur Held) [A Nativity Suite - Concordia 97-4461]
  • Wie schön leuchet der Morgenstern (Andreas Amrsdorff) [Church Organist's Golden Treasury III - Oliver Ditson Co]
  • Wie schön leuchet der Morgenstern (J.C. Bach) [Eighty Chorale Preludes - Peters 4448]
  • Wie schön leuchet der Morgenstern (J.S. Bach) [Church Organist's Golden Treasury III - Oliver Ditson Co]
  • Wie schön leuchet der Morgenstern from Five Chorale Preludes (Colin Brumby)
  • Wie schön leuchet der Morgenstern (Dieterich Buxtehude) [Church Organist's Golden Treasury III - Oliver Ditson Co]
  • Wie schön leuchet der Morgenstern (Victor Klauss) [Organist's Companion, November 1989] [Organist's Companion, November 1997]
  • Wie schön leuchet der Morgenstern (Johann Pachelbel) [Church Organist's Golden Treasury III - Oliver Ditson Co]
  • Wie schön leuchet der Morgenstern (Flor Peeters) [Thirty Chorale Preludes]
  • Wie schön leuchet der Morgenstern (Max Reger) [Thirty Chorale Preludes - Peters 3980] [Joyce Jones Christmas Collection - Bradley Publ]
  • Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern from Two Christmastide Preludes for Manuals (Donna Robertson)
  • Wie schön leuchet der Morgenstern (Stephen Rohde) [Organist's Companion, December 1985]
  • Wie schön leuchet der Morgenstern (Russell Schulz-Widmar) [Organist's Companion, December 1980]

Liturgical Hints & Ideas

The liturgies of Epiphany demand a certain solemnity — highlighted by procession, incense, chanting, and great music. The choir can easily repeat some of the music of Christmas. The use of Latin can emphasize the universality of Christ's manifestation.

According to the Roman Missal – Third Edition [Epiphany]:

Where it is the practice, if appropriate, the moveable Feasts of the current year may be proclaimed after the Gospel, according to the formula given [in Appendix I].

This is a wonderful custom to revive, announcing the date of Easter and all the great movable feasts dependent on it. It is best chanted, and The Announcement of Easter and the Moveable Feasts can be found in musical notation in the Roman Missal: Appendix I, Various Chants for the Order of Mass.

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