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The Second Sunday of Advent (B)

Liturgical Music

Official texts

  • Introit:
    1. Populus Sion [Graduale Romanum, p.18]
    2. Populus Sion [Gregorian Missal, p.169]
    3. Choose one Antiphona ad introitum from either of the two Masses for Advent [Graduale simplex, pp.53-63]
    4. Populus Sion (Gregorian chant) [Liber usualis, p.327]
    5. Populus Sion (Chris Mueller)
    6. People of Zion, behold [Simple English Propers (Adam Bartlett) p.5 / CMAA]
    7. People of Zion, the Lord will come [Simple Choral Gradual (Richard Rice) p.4 / CMAA]
    8. O people of Sion, behold [Lumen Christi Missal (Adam Bartlett) p.904 / Illuminare Publications]
    9. O people of Sion, behold [Saint Meinrad Antiphons for the Church Year (Columba Kelly OSB) p.5, Mode 7 / OCP]
    10. O people of Sion, behold [The Proper of the Mass (Fr. Samuel F. Weber OSB) 4 versions, pp.13-15]
    11. O people of Sion, behold [English Proper Chants (John Ainslie) p.4, with Psalm 80[79] / Liturgical Press]
    12. O people of Sion, behold [Lumen Christi Simple Gradual (Adam Bartlett) #139, with Psalm 80 / Illuminare Publications]
    13. To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul [By Flowing Waters (Paul Ford) p.1, with Psalm 25 / Liturgical Press]
    14. O people of Sion, behold [Mass Propers for Advent (Penkala) p.1, with Psalm 80]
    15. Behold, O Zion, God WIll Come [tune: Winchester New] from Introit Hymns #2 (Christoph Tietze)
  • Gradual (Responsorial Psalm):
    1. Ex Sion species [Graduale Romanum, p.18]
    2. Ex Sion species [Gregorian Missal, p.170]
    3. Ex Sion species (Wolfgang Joseph Emmerig)
    4. Choose one Psalmus responsorius from either of the two Masses for Advent [Graduale simplex, pp.53-63]
    5. Come and set us free, Lord, mighty God [By Flowing Waters (Paul Ford) p.2, with Psalm 80 / Liturgical Press]
    6. Chabanel Psalmody
    7. Parish Book of Psalms (Arlene Oost-Zinner)
    8. Common Psalms for Schools & Parishes (Thomas Cosley)
  • Alleluia (Gospel Acclamation):
    1. Laetatus sum [Graduale Romanum, p.19]
    2. Laetatus sum [Gregorian Missal, p.171]
    3. Laetatus sum (Grzegorz Gerwazy Gorczycki, Claudio Monteverdi, Alessandro Scarlatti, Tomás Luis de Victoria)
    4. Choose one Alleluia from either of the two Masses for Advent [Graduale simplex, pp.53-63]
    5. Alleluia, Lord you were favorable [By Flowing Waters (Paul Ford) p.3, with Psalm 85 / Liturgical Press]
    6. I Did in Heart Rejoice (Giles Farnaby)
    7. I Was Glad (Charles Hubert Hastings Parry, Henry Purcell)
  • Offertory:
    1. Deus tu convertens [Graduale Romanum, p.20]
    2. Deus tu convertens [Gregorian Missal, p.172]
    3. Deus tu convertens (Wolfgang Joseph Emmerig, Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina)
    4. Choose one Antiphona ad offertorium from either of the two Masses for Advent [Graduale simplex, pp.53-63]
    5. You will turn toward us [Simple English Propers (Adam Bartlett) p.6 / CMAA]
    6. Let us see, O Lord, your mercy [Simple Choral Gradual (Richard Rice) p.5 / CMAA]
    7. You will turn to us, O God [Lumen Christi Missal (Adam Bartlett) p.905 / Illuminare Publications]
    8. Will you not, O God, give us life [The Proper of the Mass (Fr. Samuel F. Weber OSB) 4 versions, pp.16-18]
    9. You will turn to us, O God [Lumen Christi Simple Gradual (Adam Bartlett) #140, with Psalm 85 / Illuminare Publications]
    10. Those who hope in you [By Flowing Waters (Paul Ford) p.4, with Psalm 25 / Liturgical Press]
    11. Will you not instead give us life [Mass Propers for Advent (Penkala) p.3, with Psalm 25]
  • Communion:
    1. Ierusalem surge [Graduale Romanum, p.20]
    2. Ierusalem surge [Gregorian Missal, p.173]
    3. Jerusalem surge (Heinrich Isaac) [Chester]
    4. Jerusalem surge (Carlo Gesualdo, Heinrich Isaac, Giovanni Battista Martini, Clemens non Papa, Benedetto Pesenti)
    5. Jerusalem surge [Communio, p.128 (Richard Rice) CMAA]
    6. Choose one Antiphona ad communionem from either of the two Masses for Advent [Graduale simplex, pp.53-63]
    7. Arise, O Jerusalem [Simple English Propers, p.8 (Adam Bartlett) CMAA]
    8. Arise, arise, O Jerusalem [Choral Communio (Richard Rice) p.4 / Hostia Laudis Co]
    9. Arise, Jerusalem from Communion Psalms for the Liturgical Seasons (Gary Penkala)
    10. Rise up, Jerusalem [Simple Choral Gradual (Richard Rice) p.6 / CMAA]
    11. Jerusalem, arise [Lumen Christi Missal (Adam Bartlett) p.905 / Illuminare Publications]
    12. Jerusalem, stand on high [Laudate Dominum Communion Antiphons (Andrew Motyka)]
    13. Jerusalem, arise [Saint Meinrad Antiphons for the Church Year (Columba Kelly OSB) p.5, Mode 2 / OCP]
    14. Jerusalem, arise [The Proper of the Mass (Fr. Samuel F. Weber OSB) 5 versions, pp.19-21]
    15. Jerusalem, arise [English Proper Chants (John Ainslie) p.5, with Psalm 147[146] / Liturgical Press]
    16. Jerusalem, arise [Lumen Christi Simple Gradual (Adam Bartlett) #141, with Psalm 147 / Illuminare Publications]
    17. The Lord will give us what is good [By Flowing Waters (Paul Ford) p.5, with Psalm 85 / Liturgical Press]
    18. Jerusalem, arise [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, O Zion, God WIll Come [tune: Winchester New] from Introit Hymns #2 (Christoph Tietze)
  • Come, Lord, and Tarry Not (HH #9, WIII #366, SMH #486)
  • Come, Show Us Your Salvation, Lord (HPSC #138)
  • Comfort, Comfort, Ye My People (WIII #370, HPSC #144, LCH #13, SMH #492)
  • Creator of the Stars of Night (AH #309, CBW #539, CH #174, HH #4, HPSC #147, ICEL #3, PMB #5, WIII #368, EH #6, VII #327, LCH #9/171, SMH #497)
  • Dear Maker of the Starry Skies (HPSC #147, CHB #2)
  • Hark! A Herald Voice Is Calling (ICEL #4, HPSC #183, CBW #453, CH #176, CHB #4, SMH #556, VII #227)
  • Hills of the North, Rejoice (HH #11)
  • Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming (AH #329, CH #191, PMB #13, WIII #374, SMH #618, LCH #29)
  • On Jordan's Bank the Baptist's Cry (AH #303, CBW #443, CH #182, HH #14, HPSC #271, ICEL #9, WIII #356, CHB #9, SMH #699, EH #10, VII #229, LCH #7)
  • So Lately Sprung from Glory (Kathleen Pluth) from Hymns for the Liturgical Year
  • Watchman, Tell Us of the Night (HH #28, EH #440)
  • When the King Shall Come Again (WIII #355)
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

  • And the Glory of the Lord from Messiah (G.F. Handel)
  • Comfort, All Ye My People (Gabriel Fauré) [Carl Fischer]
  • Comfort, Comfort Ye, My People from Cantata No.13 (J.S. Bach) [Concordia]
  • Comfort, Comfort Ye, My People (Louis Bouregois / Goudimel) [GIA Publications]
  • Creator alme siderum (Gregorian chant) from Booklet of Chant, Volume 1 [This is the proper Vesper hymn for Advent]
  • Creator alme siderum (Rev. Thomas Buffer)
  • Drop Down, Ye Heavens (Heathcote Statham)
  • Ecce Dominus veniet (Hieronymus Praetorius, Michael Praetorius, Tomás Luis de Victoria)
  • Jerusalem surge (Heinrich Isaac) [Chester]
  • Lift Up Your Heads (Rev. Brian Muzas)
  • Mercy and Truth Are Met Together (Arthur Sullivan)
  • O Heavenly Word, Eternal Light from Christmas Triptych (Robert Jordahl)
  • O Zion That Bringest Good Tidings (John Stainer) [Novello]
  • Populus Sion (Gregorian chant) [Liber usualis, p.327]
  • Psalm 50 (Edward Blancks, Franz Joseph Haydn)
  • Ten New Carols for Advent and Christmas, Volume 1 (Gary Penkala)
  • The Lord Hath Spoke, the Mighty God (Richard Garbett)
  • The Lord Will Come and Not Be Slow (Christopher Tye) [RSCM]
  • This Is the Record of John (Gibbons / Domet)
  • Trostet, trostet mein Volk; (Heinrich Schütz) [G. Schirmer]
  • Truth Has Risen (Adriano Banchieri)
  • Two-part Motets for Advent (Gregory Hamilton)
  • Veni Domine (Aurelia Porfiri)
  • Wake, Awake (arr. Donna Robertson)

Organ Music

  • Advent Prelude on Merton (Edward G. Mead) [Consoliere VI-4 - World Library Publ]
  • Behold, A Branch Is Growing (Gottfried Mueller) [Parish Organist, Part 1 - Concordia]
  • Christmas: Rosa mystica (Richard Elsasser) [The Christian Year - Sacred Songs Co.]
  • Comfort, Comfort Ye My People (Paul Manz) [Improvisations for the Christmas Season, Set I - Morning Star Music Publ 10-100]
  • Conditor alme siderum (Mahlon Balderston) [Organist's Companion, November 1994]
  • Creator alme siderum (Philip Krekel) [Organist's Companion, December 1983]
  • Creator alme siderum (N.J. Lemmens)
  • Creator alme siderum (Hermann Schroeder)
  • Dear Maker of the Starry Skies(Robert Hebble) [For the Masses - The Sacred Music Press]
  • Es ist ein Ros' entsprungen (Ronald Besemer) [Organist's Companion, December 1983]
  • Es ist ein Ros' entsprungen (Johannes Brahms) [Eleven Chorale Preludes]
  • Es ist ein Ros' entsprungen (Lois Hill) [Organist's Companion, November 1995]
  • Es ist ein Ros' entsprungen (A. Josef Monar) [Organist's Companion, November 1991]
  • Es ist ein Ros' entsprungen (David Polley) [Organist's Companion, December 1985]
  • Fantasie: Es ist ein Ros' entsprungen (A.J. Monar) [Organist's Companion, November 1998]
  • Four Advent Chorales for Flute and Harpsichord [or Organ] (Stephen McManus)
  • Freu dich sehr, o meine Seele (Georg Böhm) [Eighty Chorale Preludes - Peters 4448] [Church Organist's Golden Treasury I - Oliver Ditson Co]
  • Freu dich sehr, o meine Seele (Alfred Fedak)
  • Freu dich sehr, o meine Seele (J.C. Oley) [Church Organist's Golden Treasury I - Oliver Ditson Co]
  • Freu dich sehr, o meine Seele (Max Reger) [Thirty Chorale Preludes - Peters 3980]
  • Freu dich sehr, o meine Seele (Johann Pachelbel) [Collected Works IV - Kalmus 3763]
  • Freu dich sehr, o meine Seele (J.G. Walther) [Church Organist's Golden Treasury I - Oliver Ditson Co]
  • Herr Christ, der ein'ge Gottes Sohn (J.S. Bach) from Orgelbüchlein
  • Intonation & Canzona in d minor (Michael Starke)
  • Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming (Wilbur Held) [Organist's Companion, December 1987]
  • Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming (Joseph Lowe) [Organist's Companion, November 1989]
  • Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming (Lionel Rogg)
  • Making Music to Thy Name, Volume 1 (Gary Penkala) simplified hymn tunes for Advent
  • Nun komm der Heiden Heiland (J.S. Bach, Anton Heiller)
  • O Come, O Come, Emmanuel from Three Preludes for the Christmas Cycle (Jon Naples)
  • Pastorale on Es ist ein Ros (Roger W. Boop)
  • Pastorle unter Benutzung des Liedes: Es ist ein' Ros' entsrpungen (Carl Sattler) [Organist's Companion, November 1996]
  • Psalm 42: Freu dich sehr (Alfred Fedak) [Organist's Companion, December 1982]
  • Variations on Lo, How a Rose (Murray Bradshaw) [Organist's Companion, November 1993]

Liturgical Hints & Ideas

Much of the text from the "Advent" portion of Handel's Messiah can be heard in today's first reading — a beautifully soothing and consoling passage from the Messianic prophet Isaiah. Use this music — it's powerful, it's familiar, and its exuberance fits the Advent mood perfectly.

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