Lutheran Church Year
Dates of "Neujahr" (New Year's Day)
New Year's Day is the first day of the year. On the modern Gregorian calendar, it is celebrated on January 1, as it was also in ancient Rome (though other dates were also used in Rome). In all countries except for Israel using the Gregorian calendar as their main calendar, it is a public holiday, often celebrated with fireworks at the stroke of midnight as the new year starts. January 1 on the Julian calendar corresponds to January 14 on the Gregorian calendar, and it is on that date that followers of some of the Eastern Orthodox churches celebrate the New Year. In Western Christianity New Year's Day, January 1, is the 8th day of Christmas.
The Feast of the Circumcision of Our Lord is a Christian celebration of the Brit milah (ritual circumcision) of Jesus, 8 days (according to the Semitic and southern European calculation of intervals of days) after his birth, the occasion to on which the child was formally given his name, Jesus, a name derived from Hebrew meaning "salvation" or "saviour". Therefore New Year's Day is sometimes called Holy Name and/or Circumcision of Christ.
Readings: Epistle: Galatians 3: 23-29; Gospel: Luke 2: 21
Musical Context of Bach Cantatas: Motets & Chorales for Turning Time
Dates in the Lifetime of J.S. Bach
All dates are in ISO 8601 format: YYYY-MM-DD.
Abbreviations of German weekdays: Sonntag, Montag, Dienstag, Mittwoch, Donnerstag, Freitag, Samstag.
1724-01-01 Sa - Cantata BWV 190 Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied (1st performance, Leipzig)
1725-01-01 Mo - Cantata BWV 41 Jesu, nun sei gepreiset (1st performance, Leipzig)
1726-01-01 Di - Cantata BWV 16 Herr Gott, dich loben wir (1st performance, Leipzig)
1729-01-01 Sa - Cantata BWV 171 Gott, wie dein Name, so ist auch dein Ruhm (1st performance, Leipzig) (?)
1735-01-01 Sa - Weihnachts-Oratorium BWV 248/4 Fallt mit Danken, fallt mit Loben (1st performance, Leipzig)
1749-01-01 Mi - Cantata BWV 16 Herr Gott, dich loben wir (2nd performance, Leipzig)
Vocal works with no definite date
(1708-1714?) - Cantata BWV 143 Lobe den Herrn, meine Seele (1st performance, Mühlhausen)
(1729-1735 ?) - J.F. Fasch: Cantata Gehet zu seinen Thoren ein, FWV D:G 1 (1st performance, Leipzig)
(1732-1735) - Cantata BWV 41 Jesu, nun sei gepreiset (2nd performance, Leipzig)
(1735-1740) - Cantata BWV 190 Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied (2nd performance, Leipzig)
Sundays and Holidays in the Lifetime of J.S. Bach
Prepared by Dr. Georg Fischer (April 2007), Aryeh Oron (March 2010)
Contributed by Dr. Georg Fischer (March 2010)
Please direct any questions or comments to: Dr. Georg Fischer