Music from Epiphany Processions and Carols
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Liturgical Processions serve the purpose getting the clergy and choir into and out of church, but they also symbolize the act of pilgrimage–journeying from our ordinary lives into to holy place for the purpose of worship. The extended procession at the beginning of this service is meant to evoke the very first Christian pilgrimage–the star-led journey of the Magi to the manger at Bethlehem.
In this procession, “detachments” of the adult and children’s choirs process around and sing antiphonally from the four corners of the Nave as well as the Choir Loft, singing together and joined by the congregation on each refrain.
The “Quempas Carol” gets its name from the first two syllables of its Latin title, Quem pastores laudavere (He whom the shepherds praised). This is a 14th-century carol that tells the story of the angels’ appearance to the shepherds and the shepherd’s subsequent journey to Bethlehem to see the Christ child.
Other Hymns and Carols:
Davies: O little town of Bethlehem
Marcia McKenna, soprano
Held: Saw you never in the twilight
Lisa Jennings, soprano