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The ceremony of the Shepherds is a Christmas play which would have been performed by the clergy themselves, from the most junior to the most senior. It takes place suring the night, between the end of the Night Office of Matins and the beginning of Midnight Mass. It opens with the Angels announcement to the Shepherds, Fear not, I bring you good tidings.
This recording was made during a live celebration of the Mass as it used to be celebrated in Rouen Cathedral in the 13th century. The form of the service is a local variant of the Roman rite and the prayers of the priest may be heard from time to time being quietly recited at the altar.
Special features of this fascinating rite include the words frates et sorores (brothers and sisters) at the Orate fratres, and the offering of the Book of Gospels to the noble ladies present in the congregation for them to kiss.
|1||09:42||The Ceremony of the Shepherds|
|2||02:31||Introit: Dominus dixit|
|3||02:24||Kyrie Rex genitor|
|4||04:27||Gloria quem cives celestes|
|5||00:52||Collect for Midnight Mass|
|6||01:48||Prophecy: Isaiah IX, 2, 6-7|
|7||03:34||Gradual: Tecum principium|
|8||01:40||Epistle: Titus II, 11-15|
|9||01:56||Alleluia: Dominus dixit|
|10||02:10||Sequence: Nato canunt omnia|
|11||04:14||Gospel: Luke II, 1-14|
|13||01:24||Offertory: Letentur celi|
|14||01:46||Preface for Christmas|
|15||05:10||Sanctus: Ante secula|
|18||01:27||Agnus Dei – Fons indeficiens|
|19||02:04||Communion: In splendoribus Ite missa est|
|20||00:38||Lauds: First Antiphon|
|22||00:20||Antiphon: Ecce completa sunt|