1st Sunday of Advent (Year A, 2010)


Entrance Let all mortal flesh keep silence
Kyrie Kyrie for 3 voices, adapted from Byrd (mcb)
Psalm Ps 121 (McCarthy/Bévenot)
Gospel Acclamation Advent Gospel Acclamations (Alan Smith)
Preparation of the Gifts Zion hears the watchmen’s voices (J.S. Bach)
Sanctus, Acclamation, Amen Mass XVIII (in English) & Missal tones
Agnus Dei Mass of the Angels and Saints (Steven Janco)
Communion O Sapientia (chant)
Wait for the Lord (Taizé)
Recessional Lo, he comes with clouds descending

As usual for us, we marked the change of liturgical season with a change in the pattern of our music-making. For Advent, we’ll keep an extended period of silence after Communion, with our choral reflection sung during the Preparation of the Gifts. Today’s was a piece much associated with the beginning of Advent, the fourth movement of Bach’s Cantata No. 140 Wachet Auf.

Each Sunday at the start of Communion we’ll sing one of the chant O Antiphons. The most arresting moment in each is the word veni (come), and week by week we’ll use it to weave a thread of prayerful anticipation into our celebration, culminating in the opening of our Vigil before Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve, with the final antiphon O Emmanuel.

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