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This blog contains regular postings relating to the Traditional Latin Liturgy of the Roman Catholic Church. It includes regular commentary on the saints days and the liturgical cycle, with brief background and extracts from the liturgy both in Latin and English. Much of the material has been extracted from the 'St Andrew's Daily Missal', Dom Gueranger's 'Liturgical Year', or similar sources.

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Friday, 8 January 2016

8th January, 3rd Day of the Octave of the Epiphany

3rd Day of the Octave of the Epiphany

Office Hymn  for the Epiphany, as used at Matins and Vespers. The original was written by Sedulius.

Crudelis Herodes, Deum
Regem venire quid times?
Non eripit mortalia,
Qui regna dat coelestia.



Ibant Magi, quam viderant
Stellam sequentes praeviam;
Lumen requirunt lumine;
Deum fatentur munere.

Lavacra puri gurgitis
Coelestis Agnus attigit:
Peccata quae non detulit,
Nos abluendo sustulit.

Novum genus potentiae:
Aquae rubescunt hydriae,
Vinumque jussa fundere,
Mutavit unda originem.

Jesu, tibi sit gloria,
Quia te revelas Gentibus,
Cum Patre, et almo Spiritu,
In sempiterna saecula. Amen.

Cruel tyrant Herod! why tremblest thou at the coming of the King our God? He that gives men a heavenly kingdom, takes not from kings their earthly ones.



On went the Magi, following the Star that went before them, and which they had seen in the East. They seek by this light Him that is the Light, and, by their gifts, acknowledge him to be God.

The heavenly Lamb touched the pure stream, wherein he deigned to be baptised: it is we whom he hereby washes from our sins, for he could have none to be cleansed.

At Cana, he showed a new sort of power: the water in the vases at the feast turns red; and, when ordered to be poured out, lo! it had changed its nature, and was wine.


Glory be to thee, O Jesus, that manifestest thyself to the Gentiles: and to the Father, and to the Spirit of love, for everlasting ages. Amen.

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