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Lumen ad revelationem gentium

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Luke 2: 29-32

This evocative chant is proper to Candlemas (February 2nd), the ancient Christian festival commemorating the infant Christ’s presentation in the temple when Simeon took him in his arms and proclaimed him as the Light of the World. The old man’s words, as quoted in St Luke’s gospel, have long been used as a canticle—the Nunc dimittis—at Compline and at Anglican Evensong, but here the third verse is repeated as an antiphon before and between the verses to emphasise the idea of light. During the singing of the chant candles were blessed, lit, and carried in procession.

from notes by Collegium Records © 1999


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Track-specific metadata for COLCD125 track 1

Recording date
Recording venue
Ely Cathedral, United Kingdom
Recording producer
John Rutter
Recording engineer
David Jacob
Hyperion usage
  1. Illumina (COLCD125)
    Disc 1 Track 1
    Release date: November 1999
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