Friday, June 04, 2021

A Prayer Card of the Angelus, and a Recording of the Vigil of Pentecost

Here is a very nice image made by Mr Ján Janovčík, founder and director of the Netherlands-based Early Music ensemble Cantores Sancti Gregorii. (We have previously featured one of their recordings of a medieval Votive Mass of the Blessed Sacrament, which can be purchased for a donation.) It has the Angelus with the Ave Maria set to chant, an English translation on the side, and an image of the Annunciation. It would be a simple matter to print this and laminate it for regular use; if you prefer to work with the pdf format, it is easy to download it here as a jpg and convert it.

After a long pause in their activities due to pandemic restrictions, the Cantores Sancti Gregorii recently participated in the celebration of the vigil of Pentecost at the church of St Agnes, home of the FSSP apostolate in Amsterdam. This video features some of the special prophecy tones, and some excellent polyphony by Franco-Flemish composers of the later 15th and early 16th century: the Sicut cervus (v. 3) by Antoine de Févin, the Missa O Genitrix by Jean Richafort, O Salutaris Hostia by anon. (Buscoducensis?), and the Regina Caeli of Antoine Brumel. (The ceremony begins at 14:00, but due to a technical problem, the sound only kicks in at 23:40. The blessing of the font, after which five adults were baptized, is off camera, and cannot be heard very well.)

Several years ago, we shared a very nice prayer card with the Angelus on one side and the Regina Caeli on the other, both in English, made by a now long defunct Anglo-Catholic publishing company.

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