“Let y’all know!” The “Noveritis” Epiphany chant announcement of 2019’s liturgical dates

At Epiphany – once upon a time far more important than Christmas – we Latins have the custom of singing a solemn proclamation of the key liturgical dates – movable feasts – for the new year of salvation, just begun. This underscores how these dates and seasons are all interconnected.

The liturgical year is a reflection of and on the mystery of our salvation.  And, never forget, the mysteries shape us. We are our rites.

Some liturgical dates are movable. For example Septuagesima, in 2019, falls on 17 February. This beginning of Pre-Lent doesn’t fall on the same date every year because the date of Easter changes each year.

“But Father! But Father!”, you libtards are surely sputtering.  “What does this chant sound like? Do it in English like the spirit of Vatican II wanted!   But you won’t because YOU HATE VATICAN II!”

We’ll use Latin today.

Here is what it sounds like, in case some deacon or priest out there, less familiar with chant, wants to give it a shot.  It sounds rather like the Exultet, sung at the Easter Vigil.  The Noveritis is a little awkward in parts.

You can find a printable PDF of the Noveritis 2019 HERE.  NB: It has Ascension Thursday on the correct day!

Fathers.  Here is how to sing the Noveritis for 2019, on Epiphany.  I’ll take it slowly so that you can get it into your ears.

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  1. Gerard Plourde says:

    A previous parish where I was a member that celebrates using the Mass of Paul VI chanted the Proclamation every Epiphany (in the vernacular).

  2. Charles Sercer says:


    Do you happen to know how this is done in the EF Mass? Is there a directory to consult for how to do it/who does it, or who MAY do it? I have been told it is done after the Gospel but just am not sure exactly how it ought to all play out.

    If anyone sings it at the Mass I’m attending, it would be me, because I am pretty sure the priest would not be excited about another text to sing/say (he already struggles greatly with Latin pronunciation, particularly new/unfamiliar texts). However, I am wondering if a non-cleric is allowed to do it in the EF, and if so, how/where. I am already singing the Propers and Ordinary in our choir loft.

  3. Semper Gumby says:

    A bit off topic, but I’m told that somewhere on YouTube there is “Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer” in Gregorian chant.

  4. RKR says:

    I was thrilled to hear this chanted by the deacon at our TLM yesterday! (and it was particularly lovely as he has a wonderfully rich voice and excellent Latin). So reminiscent of the Exsultet at Easter! I fell in love with that when I first heard it in English – this year (d.v.) will be my first time to hear it in Latin. I am constantly in awe of the beauty and reverence of the traditional rite.

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