Thursday, December 24, 2009

In Principio Erat Verbum

Among the remains of the Gallican Rite, I want to share with you these beautiful pages of an early nineteenth century French missal.

This is the way a deacon solemnly sings the prologue of Saint-John, on Christmas Day, at benediction.

There are other ornate melodies for the genealogies of Christ, sung at the end of matins in the Gallican and monastic rites. And also for Epiphany.

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