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Richard J. Clark has served since 1989 as Music Director and Organist at Saint Cecilia Church in Boston, Massachusetts. He is also Chapel Organist (Saint Mary’s Chapel) at Boston College. For the Archdiocese of Boston, he directed the Office of Divine Worship Saint Cecilia Schola. His compositions have been performed on four continents.
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The Vatican Gradual cheered our hearts by restoring the authentic form of the hymns therein. But there are very few hymns in the Gradual. We looked forward to the continuation of the same work, where it was so much more needed, in the Vesperal, and then in the new Breviary. Alas, the movement, for the present, has stopped. The new Vesperal and then the Breviary contain Urban VIII’s versions. So at present we have the odd situation that in the Gradual the old form of the hymns is restored; but when the same hymn (for instance “Vexilia regis”) comes again in the Vesperal, we must sing the seventeenth-century mangling.
— Adrian Fortescue (25 March 1916)

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Recording of Announcement of Easter and Movable Feasts • 2017
published 6 January 2017 by Richard J. Clark

R. JONATHAN GASPAR of the Archdiocese of Boston has recorded the Epiphany Proclamation (2017) • The Announcement of Easter and Movable Feasts. While recorded with an iPhone, it is quite clear and should be very helpful for anyone singing this in English for the Ordinary Form.


Many thanks again to Ben Yanke for his engraving which you can download here.

*One note in both the recording and score: In the United States, the correct date of Corpus Christi is the 18th of June.

From the Ordo:

On Epiphany there is an ancient custom of announcing the dates of movable feasts for the coming year. This proclamation has been used with the blessing and distribution of calendars. This Epiphany Proclamation may take place after the reading of the Gospel, or within or after the homily. It may be solemnly sung by the deacon, the presider, or cantor from the ambo. See the Roman Missal, Appendix I: The Announcement of Easter and the Movable Feasts.

For the Extraordinary Form, Veronica Brandt posts the Epiphany Proclamation here.