Chant from Trondheim– Fingergullofficiet: The Relic of the Holy Blood

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Program: #03-48   Air Date: Dec 01, 2003

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Soon after the founding of the first Christian center in Norway at Trondheim, the Cathedral became a center for chant services celebrating everything from St. Olav to a vial of the Holy Blood of Christ brought to Trondheim in the 1100s--this week, chant from this cathedral.

Note: By the 12th century, Nidaros (sixty miles from where King Olav was killed in 1030) was the first seat of an archbishop in Norway and the islands of the western sea. In 1165 Archbishop Eystein Erlendsson received some drops of the Holy Blood of Christ, probably carried in a ring (the title means "Golden Ring Office"). It was kept with the relics of St. Olav, and the church became a prominent pilgrimage site. The Feast of the Holy Blood is celebrated at Trondheim on September 12th.

All of the music on this program comes from the recording Fingergullofficiet from the Kirkelig Kulturverksted label (FXCD 179). It features the Schola Sanctae Sunnivae, with Henning Sommerro performing on the organ and Anne Kleivset, conductor. The recording was made in the Trondheim Cathedral (Nidarosdomen).

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  • Domine, labia mea aperies ("Lord, open my lips").
  • Christe redemptor omnium ("Christ, only son of the Father").
  • First Nocturne (excerpt): Dignus est Domine ("Lord, you are worthy").
  • Second nocturne: Domine rex omnipotens ("Lord, almighty king").
  • Gregem tuum ("Lord, you who were worthy").
  • Da benignissime Deus ("Most gentle God").
  • Pater noster (Our Father).
  • Lectio I: Sermo sancti Joannis Chrysostomi.
  • Verbum Patris ("The Father's eternal Word").
  • Lectio II: ibid.
  • Primogenito Patris ("Firstborn of the Father").
  • Lectio III: ibid.
  • Completis scriptis (The scriptures, inspired by the prophets").
  • Third Nocturne: Gratia dei ("Thanks be to God").
  • Ave regnum rex ("Hail Lord, King of Kings").
  • Sanguis tuus, Domine ("Your blood, Lord").
  • Gratia Dominica ("Thanks be to the Lord").
  • Summa laus ("To Jesus be highest praise").
  • Pange lingua ("My tongue, praise the mystery").
  • Te Deum laudamus "We praise you, O God").
  • Benedicamus Domino ("Thanks be to God").

CD Info

FXCD 179.

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