Epiphany II

Bach Cantata Day Information:
Epiphany II

The 2nd Sunday after Epiphany (January 6th). Liturgical period : Ordinary time I.

Occurrences: January 14 2024, January 19 2025, January 18 2026, January 17 2027, January 16 2028, January 14 2029, January 20 2030, January 19 2031, January 18 2032, January 16 2033, January 15 2034, January 14 2035, January 20 2036, January 18 2037.


Music for this day

  • Mein Gott, wie lang, ach lange?, BWV 155
    (first performance 19 January 1716, Weimar period)
  • Ach Gott, wie manches Herzeleid, BWV 3
    (first performance 14 January 1725, Leipzig period)
  • Meine Seufzer, meine Tränen, BWV 13
    (first performance 20 January 1726, Leipzig period)


Epiphany II is the second Sunday after Epiphany. Bach has three cantatas for you, an early one from Weimar and two from Leipzig.

Mein Gott, wie lang, ach lange?, BWV 155, was one of the monthly cantatas Bach was required to create while in Weimar, and which he performed again in Leipzig in 1724. The text is based on one of the prescribed readings for this day, the wedding feast at Cana. The libretto is from his favourite Weimar poet, Salomon Franck.

Ach Gott, wie manches Herzeleid, BWV 3, is from Bach's second Leipzig cycle and thus a chorale cantata, based on a hymn by Martin Moller (1587).

Meine Seufzer, meine Tränen, BWV 13, is from the third Leipzig cantata cycle, and also has the Cana wedding as inspiration.


Epiphany II is the second Sunday after Epiphany. Bach has three cantatas for you, an early one from Weimar and two from Leipzig.

Mein Gott, wie lang, ach lange?, BWV 155, was one of the monthly cantatas Bach was required to create while in Weimar, and which he performed again in Leipzig in 1724. The text is based on one of the prescribed readings for this day, the wedding feast at Cana. The libretto is from his favourite Weimar poet, Salomon Franck.

Ach Gott, wie manches Herzeleid, BWV 3, is from Bach's second Leipzig cycle and thus a chorale cantata, based on a hymn by Martin Moller (1587).

Meine Seufzer, meine Tränen, BWV 13, is from the third Leipzig cantata cycle, and also has the Cana wedding as inspiration.