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The Easter processional series itself unveils several such reminiscences of the Crucifixion and the Maundy Foot-Washing in antiphons going as far back as the Palm Sunday commemoration.
6 is a small book in extremely poor condition, for the use of the officiant at Vespers on selected feasts, containing only Magnificat antiphons (which he intoned) and final collects.
This is not to be found, however, as both antiphons end with, and are dominated by, Simeon taking the child in his arms.
This chapter is the description of wisdom in the eyes of Christian exegesis, the one in which the Church saw a description of Christ, the Wisdom of God through whom all things were made; for example, it furnishes the phrases for the first of the great 'O' antiphons, used at Vespers in the week leading up to Christmas, in which Christ is addressed in terms selected exclusively from the Old Testament: 'O Sapientia, quae ex ore Altissimi prodiisti, attingens a fine usque ad finem, fortiter: suaviter disponensque omnia: veni ad docendum nos viam prudentiae.
Whereas the later Esztergom books include the antiphons for the ceremony of taking leave of the Alleluia on the Saturday before Septuagesima Sunday (the Alleluia not being sung during Lent), this breviary lacks them.
Waving an inch-thick bound green volume, he said the five sets of texts before the bishops were not the "final" segments because the bishops had never received, debated or voted on a final draft of the antiphons, the prayers contained in first-draft form in the green book he was holding.
The choir's contemporary 'O' antiphons are a varied bunch, all well-crafted complements to the Charpentier originals, though Roderick Williams' O Adonai stands out -an exceptionally clever piece which uses space and movement to create echoes and a great sense of the ethereal.
An even earlier link to western Europe in the Istanbul Antiphonal is the presence of a contrafact of Stephen of Liege's famous antiphon for his home town's patron, St.
As I prayed this antiphon, I thought about my own darkness and shadow of death (my closed door) as well as that of the world's.
George, informed of the existence of a letter from the conference to the Holy See accepting its suggestion that the Vatican take over the translation of antiphons to expedite the process, said, "I must have signed it," eliciting a wave of laughter from the assembled bishops.
Other memorable choral performances included Ex Cathedra's revival of four of its specially-commissioned O Antiphons, including the scintillating O Emmanuel by the young and bewilderingly talented Fyfe Hutchins; Tippett's A Child of Our Time conducted by John Lubbock at Birmingham Conservatoire; Roger Norrington and the Philharmonia in Beethoven's Missa Solemnis; Sir Simon Rattle conducting Haydn's Harmoniemesse with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment in a concert in memory of Arthur Green, one of Birmingham's staunchest musical supporters; Birmingham Bach Choir premiering The Deciduous Cross by its principal conductor, Paul Spicer; and a touchingly persuasive Brahms German Requiem from the OAE and European Voices with Rattle.
The majority of the nearly four-dozen sacred concertos found here set Marian antiphons (ten settings in all), texts associated with Marian liturgies, or texts that reflect upon the period of the church year from Advent through Epiphany.