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The First Sunday of Advent (B)

Liturgical Music

Official texts

  • Introit:
    1. Ad te levavi [Graduale Romanum, p.15]
    2. Ad te levavi [Gregorian Missal, p.165]
    3. Ad te levavi [Graduale simplex, p.53]
    4. Ad te levavi (Gregorian chant) Proper Introit for Advent I [Liber usualis p.318]
    5. Ad te levavi (Johann Kaspar Aiblinger, Chris Mueller, G.P. da Palestrina, Alessandro Scarlatti, Franz Xaver Witt)
    6. Unto you have I lifted up my soul [Simple English Propers (Adam Bartlett) p.1 / CMAA]
    7. To you, my God, I lift my soul [Simple Choral Gradual (Richard Rice) p.1 / CMAA]
    8. To you, I lift my soul [Lumen Christi Missal, p.904 (Adam Bartlett) Illuminare Publications]
    9. I Lift Up My Soul (Eugene Englert) [Augsburg]
    10. To you, I lift up my soul [Saint Meinrad Antiphons for the Church Year (Columba Kelly OSB) p.4, Mode 8 / OCP]
    11. To you, I lift up my soul [The Proper of the Mass (Fr. Samuel F. Weber OSB) 5 versions, pp.1-5]
    12. To you, I lift up my soul [English Proper Chants (John Ainslie) p.2, with Psalm 24[25] / Liturgical Press]
    13. To you, I lift up my soul [Lumen Christi Simple Gradual (Adam Bartlett) #136, with Psalm 25 / Illuminare Publications]
    14. To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul [By Flowing Waters (Paul Ford) p.1, with Psalm 25 / Liturgical Press]
    15. To you, I lift up my soul [Mass Propers for Advent (Penkala) p.1, with Psalm 80]
    16. To You, O Lord, I Pray [tune: Saint Bride] from Introit Hymns #1 (Christoph Tietze)
  • Gradual (Responsorial Psalm):
    1. Universi qui te exspectant [Graduale Romanum, p.16]
    2. Universi qui te exspectant [Gregorian Missal, p.166]
    3. Choose one Psalmus responsorius from either of the two Masses for Advent [Graduale simplex, pp.53-63]
    4. Come and set us free, Lord, mighty God [By Flowing Waters (Paul Ford) p.2, with Psalm 80 / Liturgical Press]
    5. Chabanel Psalmody
    6. Parish Book of Psalms (Arlene Oost-Zinner)
    7. Common Psalms for Schools & Parishes (Thomas Cosley)
  • Alleluia (Gospel Acclamation):
    1. Ostende nobis Domine [Graduale Romanum, p.16]
    2. Ostende nobis Domine [Gregorian Missal, p.167]
    3. Choose one Alleluia from either of the two Masses for Advent [Graduale simplex, pp.53-63]
    4. Ostende nobis Domine (Lorenzo Perosi)
    5. Alleluia, Lord you were favorable [By Flowing Waters (Paul Ford) p.3, with Psalm 85 / Liturgical Press]
  • Offertory:
    1. Ad te Domine levavi [Graduale Romanum, p.17]
    2. Ad te Domine levavi [Gregorian Missal, p.167] 
    3. Ad te Domine levavi animam meam (Alessandro Scarlatti)
    4. Choose one Antiphona ad offertorium from either of the two Masses for Advent [Graduale simplex, pp.53-63]
    5. Unto you, O Lord, have I lifted up [Simple English Propers (Adam Bartlett) p.2 / CMAA]
    6. Those who hope in you [Simple Choral Gradual (Richard Rice) p.2 / CMAA]
    7. Let not my enemies exult [Lumen Christi Missal (Adam Bartlett) p.904 / Illuminare Publications]
    8. I Lift Up My Soul (Eugene Englert) [Augsburg]
    9. To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul [The Proper of the Mass (Fr. Samuel F. Weber OSB) 5 versions, pp.6-9]
    10. Let not my enemies exult [Lumen Christi Simple Gradual (Adam Bartlett) #137, with Psalm 25 / Illuminare Publications]
    11. Those who hope in you [By Flowing Waters (Paul Ford) p.4, with Psalm 25 / Liturgical Press]
    12. To you, I lift up my soul [Mass Propers for Advent (Penkala) p.3, with Psalm 25]
  • Communion:
    1. Dominus dabit [Graduale Romanum, p.17]
    2. Dominus dabit [Gregorian Missal, p.168]
    3. Dominus dabit [Communio (Richard Rice) p.67 / CMAA]
    4. Choose one Antiphona ad communionem from either of the two Masses for Advent [Graduale simplex, pp.53-63]
    5. The Lord will bestow his loving kindness [Simple English Propers (Adam Bartlett) p.3 / CMAA]
    6. The Lord will bestow his loving kindness [Choral Communio (Richard Rice) p.2 / Hostia Laudis Co]
    7. The Lord will shower his gifts [Simple Choral Gradual (Richard Rice) p.3 / CMAA]
    8. The Lord will bestow his bounty [Lumen Christi Missal (Adam Bartlett) p.904 / Illuminare Publications]
    9. The Lord will bestow his loving kindness Laudate Dominum Communion Antiphons (Andrew Motyka)
    10. The Lord will bestow his bounty [Saint Meinrad Antiphons for the Church Year (Columba Kelly OSB) p.4, Mode 1 / OCP]
    11. The Lord will bestow his bounty [The Proper of the Mass (Fr. Samuel F. Weber OSB) 4 versions, pp.10-12]
    12. The Lord will bestow his bounty [English Proper Chants (John Ainslie) p.5, with Psalm 84[85] / Liturgical Press]
    13. The Lord will bestow his bounty [Lumen Christi Simple Gradual (Adam Bartlett) #138, with Psalm 85 / Illuminare Publications]
    14. The Lord will give us what is good [By Flowing Waters (Paul Ford) p.5, with Psalm 85 / Liturgical Press]
    15. The Lord will bestow his bounty [Mass Propers for Advent (Penkala) p.5, with Psalm 85]
  • Mass settings:
    1. Latin Chant Mass XVII (Adventus et Quadragesimae)
    2. Mass of Saint Agnes (B. Andrew Mills)
    3. Missa Deus Genitor alme (Harry McMurray)

Other liturgical music

Hymns

  • Behold! the Mountain of the Lord (ICEL #179)
  • Come, Show Us Your Salvation, Lord (HPSC #138)
  • Eternal Ruler of the Ceaseless Round (CD #916)
  • Hark! A Herald Voice Is Calling (ICEL #4, HPSC #183, CBW #453, CH #176, CHB #4, SMH #556, VII #227)
  • He Walks among the Golden Lamps (WIII #684, CH #533)
  • High in the Heavens, Eternal God (HPSC #184)
  • O Come, Divine Messiah (ICEL #6, WIII #367, PMB #6, CD #803, HH #26, CBW #441, CH #173, SMH #651, LCH #4)
  • O Quickly Come, Great Judge of All (HH #21, VII #330)
  • O Savior, Rend the Heavens Wide (HH #13, CH #181, SMH #685)
  • Rejoice, Rejoice, Believers (HPSC #287, HH #7, SMH #730, EH #4)
  • So Lately Sprung from Glory (Kathleen Pluth) from Hymns for the Liturgical Year
  • To You, O Lord, I Pray [tune: Saint Bride] from Introit Hymns #1 (Christoph Tietze)
  • Wake, Awake, for Night Is Flying (AH #306, CBW #451, CH #186, HH #25, ICEL #11, PMB #10, WIII #371, CHB #10, HPSC #338, EH #3, LCH #11, SMH #819)
AH = The Adoremus Hymnal, Ignatius Press
CBW = Catholic Book of Worship II / Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops
CD = Cantate Domino / Hymnal Supplement, GIA Publications, Inc.
CH = The Collegeville Hymnal, The Liturgical Press
CHB = The Catholic Hymn Book [London Oratory], Gracewing Publishers
EH = The Hymnal 1940 (Episcopal), used by many Anglican Use Roman Catholic parishes
HH = Hymnal of the Hours, GIA Publications, Inc.
HPSC = Hymns, Psalms & Spiritual Canticles, out of print but excellent
ICEL = ICEL Resource Collection, GIA Publications, Inc.
LCH = Lumen Christi Hymnal, Illuminare Publications
PMB = People's Mass Book, World Library Publications, Inc.
SMH = The Saint Michael Hymnal – 4th Edition 2011, Saint Boniface Church, Lafayette IN
VII = Vatican II Hymnal, Corpus Christi Watershed
WIII = Worship, 3rd Edition, GIA Publications, Inc.

Choral Music

  • Ad te levavi (Gregorian chant) Proper Introit for Advent I [Liber usualis p.318]
  • Ad te levavi [ant] & Psalm 25 [ps tone] (Greg chant) [Graduale simplex, p.54]
  • Advent Anthem (Richard Proulx) [Augsburg]
  • Advent Message (Robert How)
  • Canite tuba (Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina)
  • Cast Thy Burden upon the Lord from Elijah (Felix Mendelssohn)
  • Cibavit eos (William Byrd) [Chester]
  • Creator alme siderum (Rev. Thomas Buffer)
  • From Thy Throne, O Lord (Richard Proulx) [GIA Publications]
  • I Lift Up My Soul (Eugene Englert) [Augsburg]
  • Introit for Advent (Philip Ledger)
  • Judge Eternal (Malcolm Archer) [Kevin Mayhew, Ltd]
  • Lift Up Your Heads (Rev. Brian Muzas)
  • Lo, He Comes with Clouds Descending (arr. Robert Benson)
  • Lo! He Comes with Clouds Descending (arr. Willcocks) [Carols for Choirs III, Oxford]
  • My Lord, What A Mournin' (Spiritual, arr. William Dawson)
  • Of the Father's Love Begotten (Michael Cox)
  • Of the Father's Love Begotten (Andrew Motyka)
  • Psalm 122 (Giles Farnaby, 1560-1600)
  • The Promise of Advent (J. William Greene)
  • To Thee, O Lord My God (Benedetto Marcello) [Oxford]
  • Two Altenburg Chorales (Altenburg / Tortolano)
  • Two-part Motets for Advent (Gregory Hamilton)
  • Wachet auf! ruft uns die Stimme (J.S. Bach) the chorale or the cantata movement
  • Wake, Awake! (Franz Tunder)
  • Wake, Awake! (Dieterich Buxtehude) [Augsburg Publishing House]
  • Wake, Awake (arr. Donna Robertson)

Organ Music

  • Advent Prelude on Merton (Edward G. Mead) [Consoliere VI-4 - World Library Publ]
  • Chaconne for Violin/Flute & Continuo (André Campra, ed. Gary Penkala)
  • Chorale Improvisation on Wachet auf (Paul Manz) [AGO 90th Anniversary Anthology of American Organ Music - Oxford]
  • Divinum mysterium from Four Preludes on Chant Hymns (Mark Siebert)
  • Four Advent Chorales for Flute and Harpsichord [or Organ] (Stephen McManus)
  • Lob sei dem allmachtigen Gott (J.S. Bach) from Orgelbüchlein
  • Look, Ye Saints, the Sight Is Glorious (Paul Manz) [Improvisations for the Easter Season, Set I - Morning Star Music Publ 10-402]
  • Making Music to Thy Name, Volume 1 (Gary Penkala) simplified hymn tunes for Advent
  • Prelude on Bryn calfaria (Ralph Vaughan Williams) [Three Preludes on Welsh Hymn Tunes - Galaxy Music Corp]
  • Prelude on Old 104th (Healey Willan) [Ten Hymn Preludes for Organ, Set II - Peters]
  • Two Variations on Wachet auf (Edward Beals) [Organist's Companion, November 1996]
  • Wachet auf! ruft uns die Stimme (J.S. Bach) [Orgelwerke VII - Peters 246] [Church Organist's Golden Treasury III - Oliver Ditson Co]
  • Wachet auf! ruft uns die Stimme (John G. Barr) [Organist's Companion, November 1998]
  • Wachet auf! ruft uns die Stimme (J.L. Krebs) [Treasury of Shorter Organ Classics - Merrymount Music Press]
  • Wachet auf! ruft uns die Stimme (Flor Peeters) [Thirty Chorale Preludes]
  • Wachet auf! ruft uns die Stimme (David Polley) [Organist's Companion, December 1986]
  • Wachet auf! ruft uns die Stimme (Max Reger) [Thirty Chorale Preludes - Peters 3980]
  • Wachet auf! ruft uns die Stimme (J.G. Walther) [Eighty Chorale Preludes - Peters 4448]
  • Wake, Awake, for Night Is Flying (Paul Manz) [Improvisations for the Christmas Season, Set I - Morning Star Music Publ 10-100]
  • Wake, Awake, for Night Is Flying (Flor Peeters) [Thirty Chorale Preludes, Book 1 - Peters 6023]
  • Wake, Awake, for Night Is Flying (Frank Speller) [Three Organ Settings for Advent - Concordia]

Liturgical Hints & Ideas

The themes of Second Coming, night, darkness and vigilance are prevalent in today's liturgy. Somber and solemn music may help to point out this chilling reminder of the end of the world and our own destiny.

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