4th Sunday of Advent (Year B, 2011)

Sunday, 18 December 2011

Entrance The Angel Gabriel
Kyrie Missal Chant
Psalm Ps 88 (mcb)
Gospel Acclamation Advent Gospel Acclamations (Alan Smith)
Prayers of Intercession Through our lives (John Bell)
Preparation of the Gifts Ave Maria (Franz Schubert, 1797-1828, arr. Richard Proulx)
Sanctus, Acclamation, Amen Missal Chant
Agnus Dei Missal Chant
Communion Veni Immanuel (John Bell) & Ps 79(80)
Postcommunion Rorate Caeli (Francisco Guerrero, 1528-1599)
Recessional O come, O come Emmanuel

Ave Maria is today’s Offertory antiphon. We had rehearsed settings by Elgar and Rachmaninov, in anticipation of a celebration of the feast of the Immaculate Conception that wasn’t to be, but I’m glad we settled on Schubert for today’s Annunciation-themed celebration. Richard Proulx's arrangement gives the first stanza (so to speak) to a solo soprano, sung today with luminous serenity by Gwen Leech, with the second section set for four-part choir.

The name Emmanuel appears in today’s Communion antiphon, and we echoed it in our Communion processional song, and in our jubilant final hymn.

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