Processional for Lucernarium is presented here in two versions.
The first setting was conceived for the entrance rite of Evening Prayer (Vespers) as provided in the Roman Catholic General Instruction on the Liturgy of the Hours (1971), the English Book of Common Prayer (1970), the American Episcopal Book of Common Prayer (1979) page 112, and the Lutheran Book of Worship (1978) page 142. It is written in responsorial style for congregation, choir, and optional handbells to accompany the entrance of the ministers, one of whom carries a large Vesper candle. The text is drawn from several Psalm verses with references to light. It may be sung with the choir in procession, or with the choir in a fixed place as the officiant and candlebearer make a procession to the chancel. It may be performed by a mixed choir as provided here or by a choir of equal voices.
The second setting is a revision of the first for choir alone using fewer handbells. It is also an appropriate processional for Evening Prayer or Compline.