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The Nativity of the Lord - Mass at Dawn (ABC)

Liturgical Music

Official texts

  • Introit:
    1. Lux fulgebit [Graduale Romanum, p.44]
    2. Lux fulgebit [Gregorian Missal, p.193]
    3. Lux fulgebit (Gregorian chant) Proper Introit for Christmas: Mass at Dawn [Liber usualis p.403]
    4. Lux fulgebit (Giuseppe Mignemi)
    5. Dominus dixit ad me [Graduale simplex, p.64]
    6. Radiant light will shine upon us [Simple English Propers, p.24 (Adam Bartlett) CMAA]
    7. A light will shine on us this day [Simple Choral Gradual, p.20 (Richard Rice) CMAA]
    8. Today a light will shine upon us [Lumen Christi Missal, p.910 (Adam Bartlett) Illuminare Publications]
    9. Today a light will shine upon us [The Proper of the Mass (Fr. Samuel F. Weber OSB) 4 versions, pp.57-59]
    10. Today a light will shine upon us [English Proper Chants (John Ainslie) p.18, with Psalm 93[92] / Liturgical Press]
    11. Today a light will shine upon us [Lumen Christi Simple Gradual (Adam Bartlett) #155, with Psalm 93 / Illuminare Publications]
    12. The Lord said to me: You are my Son [By Flowing Waters (Paul Ford) p.12, with Psalm 2 / Liturgical Press]
    13. Today a light will shine upon us [Mass Propers for Christmastide (Penkala) p.1, with Psalm 2]
    14. A Radiant Light Has Come [tune: Saint Michael] from Introit Hymns #7 (Christoph Tietze)
  • Gradual (Responsorial Psalm):
    1. Benedictus qui venit [Graduale Romanum, p.45]
    2. Benedictus qui venit [Gregorian Missal, p.194]
    3. Benedictus qui venit (Johann Michael Haydn)
    4. Tecum principatus [Graduale simplex, p.65]
    5. Before the morning star I have begotten you [By Flowing Waters (Paul Ford) p.13, with Psalm 110 / Liturgical Press]
    6. Chabanel Psalmody
    7. Parish Book of Psalms (Arlene Oost-Zinner)
  • Alleluia (Gospel Acclamation):
    1. Dominus regnavit decorum [Graduale Romanum, p.46]
    2. Dominus regnavit decorum [Gregorian Missal, p.195]
    3. Cantate Domino [Graduale simplex, p.66]
    4. Alleluia, O sing to the Lord a new song [By Flowing Waters (Paul Ford) p.13, with Psalm 98 / Liturgical Press]
  • Offertory:
    1. Deus enim firmavit [Graduale Romanum, p.46]
    2. Deus enim firmavit [Gregorian Missal, p.196]
    3. Deus enim firmavit (Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina)
    4. Lætentur cæli [Graduale simplex, p.67]
    5. For it is God who has established [Simple English Propers, p.15 (Adam Bartlett) CMAA]
    6. From all eternity, O Lord, you are [Simple Choral Gradual, p.21 (Richard Rice) CMAA]
    7. God has established the world [Lumen Christi Missal, p.910 (Adam Bartlett) Illuminare Publications]
    8. God has established the world [The Proper of the Mass (Fr. Samuel F. Weber OSB) 4 versions, pp.60-62]
    9. God has established the world [Lumen Christi Simple Gradual (Adam Bartlett) #156, with Psalm 93 / Illuminare Publications]
    10. Be glad, you heavens [By Flowing Waters (Paul Ford) p.15, with Psalm 96 / Liturgical Press]
    11. And he has made the world firm [Mass Propers for Christmastide (Penkala) p.3, with Psalm 96]
  • Communion:
    1. Exsulta filia Sion [Graduale Romanum, p.47]
    2. Exsulta filia Sion [Gregorian Missal, p.197]
    3. Exsulta filia Sion [Communio, p.93 (Richard Rice) CMAA]
    4. Viderunt omnes [Graduale simplex, p.68]
    5. Exult, O daughter of Zion [Simple English Propers, p.26 (Adam Bartlett) CMAA]
    6. Exult, O daughter of Zion [Choral Communio, p.14 (Richard Rice) Hostia Laudis Co]
    7. Daughter of Zion, exult [Simple Choral Gradual, p.22 (Richard Rice) CMAA]
    8. Behold, your King will come [Lumen Christi Missal, p.910 (Adam Bartlett) Illuminare Publications]
    9. Rejoice Greatly from Messiah (GF. Handel)
    10. Exult, O daughter of Zion [Laudate Dominum Communion Antiphons (Andrew Motyka)]
    11. Rejoice, O Daughter Sion [The Proper of the Mass (Fr. Samuel F. Weber OSB) 5 versions, pp.63-65]
    12. Rejoice, O Daughter Sion [English Proper Chants (John Ainslie) p.19, with Psalm 34[33] / Liturgical Press]
    13. Behold, your King will come [Lumen Christi Simple Gradual (Adam Bartlett) #157, with Psalm 34 / Illuminare Publications]
    14. All the ends of the earth have seen [By Flowing Waters (Paul Ford) p.15, with Psalm 98 / Liturgical Press]
    15. Rejoice, O Daughter Sion [Mass Propers for Christmastide (Penkala) p.5, with Psalm 98]
  • Mass settings:
    1. Latin Chant Masses VIII (De angelis) & XI (Orbis factor)
    2. Latin Gregorian Chant Masses XI (Orbis factor) & VIII (De angelis)
    3. Latin Missa sanctorum angelorum (Calvert Shenk)
    4. Latin Mass of Saint Jerome (Christopher Bord)
    5. Mass of Our Lady, Help of Christians (Richard Connolly)
    6. Mass of Saint Agnes (B. Andrew Mills)
    7. Mass of the Angels (Richard J. Clark)
    8. Mass of the Redemption (Calvert Shenk / Adam Taylor)
    9. Modal Mass (Calvert Shenk / Adam Taylor)
    10. Stirling Bridge Mass (Gary Penkala)

Other liturgical music

Hymns

  • A Great and Mighty Wonder (ICEL #13, CHB #11, EH #18)
  • A Radiant Light Has Come [tune: Saint Michael] from Introit Hymns #7 (Christoph Tietze)
  • All My Heart This Night Rejoices (CH #228, ICEL #14, CHB #14, EH #32)
  • From East to West, from Shore to Shore (HH #39, VII #335)
  • God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen (AH #326, CH #224, ICEL #19, PMB #39, WIII #383, CHB #20, SMH #539, EH #40, VII #233, LCH #23)
  • How Brightly Beams the Morning Star (CD #815, WIII #390, HH #55, CH #214, CHB #45, EH #329)
  • O Little Town of Bethlehem (AH #333, CH #198, HPSC #249, ICEL #24, PMB #27, WIII #386, CHB #27, SMH #668/9, EH #21, LCH #16)
  • Silent Night (AH #338, CBW #455, CH #226, HPSC #295, ICEL #29, PMB #22, WIII #379, CHB #35, SMH #747, EH #33, VII #331, LCH #27)
  • The Living Light of Heaven (Kathleen Pluth) from Hymns for the Liturgical Year
  • Thou Who Wast Rich (CD #810)
  • Wexford Carol (CH #205)
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

Organ Music

  • Carol-Prelude: God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen (Robert Elmore) [American Organ Music, Vol 2 - Sacred Music Press]
  • Communion on Saint Louis (Mahlon Balderston) [Organist's Companion, November 2001]
  • Fantasy on God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen (W.T. Best) [Joyce Jones Christmas Collection - Bradley Publ]
  • From Heaven Above (Wilbur Held) [Six Carol Settings - Concordia 97-4985]
  • God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen (Wilbur Held) [Six Carol Settings - Concordia 97-4985]
  • In dulci jubilo from Five Chorale Preludes (Colin Brumby)
  • Infant Holy, Infant Lowly from Three Preludes for the Christmas Cycle (Robert Farrell)
  • Noel sur les flutes (L.C. Daquin)
  • Partita on God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen (Grace Schwanda) [Organist's Companion, December 1985]
  • Pastorale on Ebeling (Gordon Young) [Ten Christmas Organ Voluntaries - Presser]
  • Pastorale on Silent Night (Jack Goode) [Organist's Companion, December 1987]
  • Prelude and Introit from Messe basse (Camil van Hulse)
  • Prelude & Postlude on Jesu Redemptor omnium (Jonathan Hellerman)
  • Prelude on Silent Night (Peter Pindar Stearns) [Consoliere VI-4 - World Library Publ]
  • Prelude on Stille Nacht (Gordon Young) [Ten Christmas Organ Voluntaries - Presser]
  • Puer natus est (Dom Paul Benoit) from Esquisses liturgiques [J. Fischer & Bros.]
  • Saint Louis (Lewis H. Redner) [American Hymns and Carols of the Nineteenth Century - Abingdon]
  • Silent Night (Dudley Buck) [Joyce Jones Christmas Collection - Bradley Publ]
  • Silent Night (Michael Fontana) [Organist's Companion, November 1993]
  • Silent Night (Wilbur Held) [A Nativity Suite - Concordia 97-4461]
  • Silent Night (Joseph Lowe) [Organist's Companion, November 1989]
  • Silent Night, Holy Night (Robert J. Powel) [Organist's Companion, December 1983]
  • Stille Nacht from Seven Preludes for the Church Year (Donna Robertson)
  • Three Preludes for the Christmas Cycle (Robert Farrell)
  • Tucket and Variants for God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen (Kevin Norris) [Organist's Companion, December 1980]
  • Vom Himmel hoch, da komm' ich her (J.S. Bach) from Orgelbüchlein
  • Vom Himmel hoch, da komm' ich her (Johann Pachelbel)
  • What Is This Lovely Fragrance? (Paul Manz) [Improvisations for the Christmas Season, Set II - Morning Star Music Publ 10-101]
  • Wie schön leuchtet from Five Chorale Preludes (Colin Brumby)

Liturgical Hints & Ideas

Because of the early hour, this might be a Mass in which to emphasize the quiet and calm nature of the Incarnation. Mystical settings, chant, French Romantic organ literature all seem appropriate.

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