Friday, January 01, 2021

The Feast of the Circumcision 2021

A wonderful mystery is declared today: natures are renewed, God hath become man: He has remained what He was, and taken on what He was not, suffering neither mixture nor division. (Antiphon at the Benedictus for Lauds of the Circumcision.)

The Circumcision of the Lord, and the beginning of the Mass for the feast, from the Salzburg Missal.
Aña Mirábile mysterium * declarátur hodie: innovantur natúrae, Deus homo factus est: id quod fuit permansit, et quod non erat assumpsit, non commixtiónem passus, neque divisiónem.

A polyphonic setting of this text by the Slovene composer Jacob Handl (1550-91), also known as Jacobus Gallus.

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