Music from Epiphany Processions and Carols

Adult and Children’s Choirs of Trinity Episcopal Church
Musica Melenio Early Music Ensemble (Bob Lauer, director)

Click on the links below to hear music from this service. 

Procession: Quempas Carol

Procession is the liturgical expression of pilgrimage.  The act of choirs and clergy coming up the aisle at the beginning of a service certainly has an aspect of practical necessity to it, but it also symbolizes our coming from the world into the holy place for the purpose of worship.  In Medieval times, this devotional practice took the form of very elaborate processions with mulitiple choirs moving between and singing from various locations within (and sometimes outside) the church. 

For this service, because Epiphany begins with the pilgrimage of the Magi, members of the adult and children’s choirs sang from the four corners of the Nave and from the balcony, processing around the church as the congregation sang the refrain. 

The music is a Medival German carol.  It as known as the “Quempas” Carol because of the first two syllables of the original Latin text: Quem pastores laudavere, “the one praised by the shepherds.”

Schein: Vom Himmel hoch da komm ich her

A setting for recorders of Luther’s Christmas hymn, ‘From heaven above to earth I come’ (Hymn 80).

Schop: Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern

Wie schön leuchetet der Morgenstern (How lovely shines the Morning Star, Hymn 497) is sometimes called the the Queen of Chorales because of its eloquence and beauty.   This little setting for two soprano voices and continuo was written in 1665 by the German violinist Johann Schop.   The two sopranos are Lisa Jennings and Kristine Chaney.

arr. Lauer: Coventry Carol

Joubert: Torches, torches!

Sung by the St. Cecilia Children’s Choir

Holborne: Suite for Recorders

arr. Jennings: Los Magos (The Magi)

A setting of a traditioonal Puerto Rican folksong.  Lisa Jennings, soprano.

A sampling of hymns:

Hymn 124, What star is this whose beams (Puer nobis)

Hymn 115, What child is this (Greensleves)

Hymn 82, Of the Father’s love begotten (Divinum mysterium)

Hymn 112, In the bleak mid-winter (Cranham)


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