Sunday, January 15, 2012

January 15th, The Second Sunday after Epiphany

Today's Gospel reading was from St. John 2.1 

AT THAT time there was a marriage in Cana of Galilee; and the mother of Jesus was there: and both Jesus was called, and his disciples, to the marriage. And when they wanted wine, the mother of Jesus saith unto him, They have no wine. Jesus saith unto her, Woman, what have I to do with thee? Mine hour is not yet come. His mother saith unto the servants, Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it. And there were set there six water-pots of stone, after the manner of the purifying of the Jews, containing two or three firkins apiece. Jesus saith unto them, Fill the water-pots with water. And they filled them up to the brim. And he saith unto them, Draw out now, and bear unto the governor of the feast. And they bare it. When the ruler of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, and knew not whence it was: (but the servants which drew the water knew;) the governor of the feast called the bridegroom, and saith unto him, Every man at the beginning doth set forth good wine; and when men have well drunk, then that which is worse: but thou hast kept the good wine until now. This beginning of miracles did Jesus in Cana of Galilee, and manifested forth his glory; and his disciples believed on him.

After the communion hymn the choir sang a beautiful motet by Luca Marenzio

Tribus Miraculis Ornatum Diem

Tribus miraculis ornatum diem sanctum colimus: hodie stella Magos duxit ad praesepium: hodie vinum ex aqua factum est ad nuptias: hodie in Jordane a Joanne Christus baptizari voluit, ut salvaret nos. Alleluia.

We celebrate a day sanctified by three miracles: today a star led the Magi to the manger; today water was changed to wine at the marriage feast; today Christ chose to be baptised by John in the Jordan for our salvation. Alleluia.   

Here is a recording of this work from 1999 by the group Claritas. 
15 Tribus miraculis

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