The important Feast of Candlemas, or the Presentation of Christ in the Temple, takes place 40 days after Christmas (2nd Feb). And this year we celebrate it on Sunday 2nd February itself, with Sung Mass in the morning at 11am and Evensong & Benediction in the evening at 6pm. Visitors are most welcome. We hear how aged Simeon & Anna recognised and bore witness to the Infant Christ.
Music for 2020 will include at 11am the Mass in C&F by CVStanford and his Nunc Dimittis in B flat. Hymns 439: 408: 44.
At 6pm Evensong we sing Reading Responses, Psalm 122, Office Hymn 475 Canticles by Stanford in B flat and “When to the Temple Mary went” by Eccard.
The 11am Solemn Mass will include a Procession and Blessing of Candles.
For 2019 we sang at 11am the Mass in C&F by CVStanford and his Nunc Dimittis in B flat. Hymns 439: 408: 44. And at 6pm Evensong, Reading Responses, Psalm 122, Office Hymn 44, Canticles by Stanford in B flat and “Hodie beata virgo” by Byrd.
Music for 2018 included “When to the Temple Mary went” by Johannes Eccard, and the Mass in C by John Ireland, conducted by Amy Down with Organist Gabrielle Lewis.
Music for 2017 – Mass in C, by John Ireland. The Communion motet is Gustav Holst’s setting of the Canticle of Simeon “Nunc Dimittis”, written in 1915 in a consciously Renaissance style for RRTerry of Westminster Cathedral. We welcomed Revd Matt Rowland from St Leonard’s Church as our guest preacher.
Music for 2016 was Missa Brevis “Laetatus Sum”, by Dr Nigel Browne, arranged from themes in Parry’s “I was glad”, and Motet, the beautifully atmospheric contemporary piece “Lux Aurumque”, by Eric Whitacre.
ALMIGHTY and everliving God, we humbly beseech thy Majesty, that, as thy only-begotten Son was this day presented in the temple in substance of our flesh, so we may be presented unto thee with pure and clean hearts, by the same thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
In 2015 Candlemas was celebrated on Sunday 1st February, even though strictly it fell on Mon 2nd Feb, so there was Mass and Evensong that year. The Setting was the tuneful Mass in F by Charles Wood (in some ways the John Rutter of his era, I often think).
The Anthem “When to the Temple Mary went” by Johannes Eccard (1533–1611) is one of many motets by foreign composers which were supplied with translations or new words in the 19th century. This text was translated from German and given a second verse by Revd J Troutbeck (1833-99) best remembered for his translations for Bach’s Passions and Christmas Oratorio. Eccard’s music is frequently scored for more than four voices; this setting is in six parts, rich and sonorous, the inner parts having their own melodic and rhythmic interest.
There was also Choral Evensong & Benediction sung at 6pm. The Canticles were Collegium Regale, written for King’s College, Cambridge, by Herbert Howells, and the Anthem was Abendlied by Josef Rheinberger. O Salutaris & Tantum Ergo by Chris Upton.
St Michael and All Angels’ Church, Dinham Road, Mount Dinham, Exeter, EX4 4EB