Tuesday, June 07, 2022

Pentecost Tuesday 2022

Accipite jucunditatem gloriae vestrae, alleluia: gratias agentes Deo, alleluia: qui vos ad caelestia regna vocavit, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia. Ps. 77 Attendite, popule meus, legem meam: inclinate aurem vestram in verba oris mei. Gloria Patri. Accipite.

The beginning of the votive Office of the Holy Spirit, from the book of Hours known as the Black Hours, made in Bruge, Belgium, ca. 1475, now in the Morgan Library in New York. (click for larger image)
Receive the delight of your glory, alleluia, giving thanks to God, alleluia, Who hath called ye to the heavenly kingdoms, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia. Psalm Attend, O my people, to my law: incline your ears to the words of my mouth. Glory be. Receive. (The Introit for the Mass of Tuesday in the Octave of Pentecost)

This introit is one of the very few pieces of the traditional Gregorian repertoire taken from an apocryphal book, that which in the Vulgate is called the Fourth Book of Esdras. The verses from which it is taken, chapter 2, 36-37, read in full: “Fugite umbram saeculi hujus, accipite jucunditatem gloriae vestrae. Ego testor palam salvatorem meum. Commendatum Domini accipite, et jucundamini, gratias agentes ei qui vos ad caelestia regna vocavit. - Flee ye the shadow of this age, receive the delight of your glory. I bear witness openly to my savior; receive him as one commended to ye by the Lord, and delight, giving thanks to him who has called ye to the heavenly kingdoms.” (The verses which immediately precede these are noted in post-Tridentine Missals as the source of the Introit Requiem aeternam, but the citation is much broader.) The Italian composer Giuseppe Tricarico (1623-97) composed the following version for vocal ensemble.

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