Sant’Iago, hymns

Most office services for St. James the Greater (Sant’Iago) use hymns from the Common of Apostles or Martyrs. However, the service at the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, preserved in the 12-century Codex Calixtinus, used four proper hymns: ‘Psallat chorus celestium’ (f. 101v); ‘Sanctissime O Iacobe’ (f. 103r); ‘Felix per omnes’ (f. 104v); and ‘Iocundetur et letetur’ (f. 105v). These hymns are spread across all the feasts of James celebrated at Compostela: the vigil (July 24), the feast day (July 25), the ferias and the octave (July 26-Aug. 1), the Miracles of St. James (Oct. 3), the Election and Translation (Dec. 30), and the octave of the Election and Translation (Jan. 5)...

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