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Ecce sacerdos magnus

By Stanley M. Hoffman

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SATB choir and organ - Early Intermediate
Composed by Stanley M. Hoffman and Edward Elgar (1857-1934). Arranged by Stanley M. Hoffman. Ordination/Installation, Romantic, Vocation/Ministry. Octavo. E.C. Schirmer Publishing #8370. Published by E.C. Schirmer Publishing (EC.8370).

Item Number: EC.8370

ISBN 600313483707. Latin. Ecclesiasticus 44:16-17.

The words for Ecce sacerdos magnus by Edward Elgar (1857-1934) are from Ecclesiasticus 44:16-17. Also known as the Book of the All-Virtuous Wisdom (or simply the Book of Wisdom), Ecclesiasticus was written by the Jewish scribe Shimon ben Yeshua ben Eliezer ben Sira (also known as Jesus of Sirach) of Jerusalem. This volume of ethical teachings dates from around 200-175 BCE. "Ecce sacerdos magnus" is an antiphon and a responsory from the common of confessor bishops in the Liturgy of the Hours and in the Graduale Romanum, and the Epistle in their proper Mass. The responsory is for the festival of a confessor bishop, from the Liber Responsorialis juxta Ritum Monasticum, Solesmes, 1895. Since it is the second responsory of its nocturn, it does not have a half-doxology. The responsory ends with the repetition of the partial respond. "Ecce sacerdos magnus" has also been set to music by other composers including Anton Bruckner (1824-1896) and Jules Van Nuffel (1883-1953).

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