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The First Sunday of Advent (A)

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, p.1 (Adam Bartlett) CMAA]
    7. To you, my God, I lift my soul [Simple Choral Gradual, p.1 (Richard Rice) 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, 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. Chabanel Psalmody
    5. Parish Book of Psalms (Arlene Oost-Zinner)
    6. 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)
  • 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, p.2 (Adam Bartlett) CMAA]
    6. Those who hope in you [Simple Choral Gradual, p.2 (Richard Rice) CMAA]
    7. Let not my enemies exult [Lumen Christi Missal, p.904 (Adam Bartlett) Illuminare Publications]
    8. I Lift Up My Soul (Eugene Englert) [Augsburg]
  • Communion:
    1. Dominus dabit [Graduale Romanum, p.17]
    2. Dominus dabit [Gregorian Missal, p.168]
    3. Dominus dabit [Communio, p.67 (Richard Rice) 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, p.3 (Adam Bartlett) CMAA]
    6. The Lord will bestow his loving kindness [Choral Communio, p.2 (Richard Rice) Hostia Laudis Co]
    7. The Lord will shower his gifts [Simple Choral Gradual, p.3 (Richard Rice) CMAA]
    8. The Lord will bestow his bounty [Lumen Christi Missal, p.904 (Adam Bartlett) Illuminare Publications]
    9. The Lord will bestow his loving kindness Laudate Dominum Communion Antiphons (Andrew Motyka)
  • 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

  • Awake, Awake, Fling Off the Night (CBW #445)
  • Behold! the Mountain of the Lord (ICEL #179)
  • 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 #336, VII #227)
  • He Walks among the Golden Lamps (WIII #684, CH #533)
  • High in the Heavens, Eternal God (HPSC #184)
  • Lo, He Comes with Clouds Descending (AH #304, CHB #7, SMH #401, EH #5)
  • O Come, Divine Messiah (ICEL #6, WIII #367, PMB #6, CD #803, HH #26, CBW #441, CH #173, SMH #440)
  • O Quickly Come, Great Judge of All (HH #21, VII #330)
  • O Savior, Rend the Heavens Wide (HH #13, CH #181, SMH #470)
  • Rejoice, Rejoice, Believers (HPSC #287, HH #7, SMH #509, EH #4)
  • Sleepers, Wake! (CH #186, WIII #371, ICEL #11, AH #306, HH #25, PMB #10, CBW #451)
  • So Lately Sprung from Glory (Kathleen Pluth) from Hymns for the Liturgical Year
  • The Day Is Surely Drawing Near (HPSC #315)
  • To You I Lift My Soul (HPSC #337)
  • To You, O Lord, I Lift My Soul (CH #463)
  • Up, Awake, from Highest Steeple (HPSC #338)
  • 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)
  • Wake, O Wake, and Sleep No Longer (WIII #371, SMH #594)
  • With Joy We Go up to the House of the Lord (HPSC #354)
  • Your Kingdom Come (CH #551, SMH #620)
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.
PMB = People's Mass Book, World Library Publications, Inc.
SMH = The Saint Michael Hymnal – 3rd Edition 2003, 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 Message (Robert How)
  • And It Shall Come to Pass (Jean Berger) [Augsburg]
  • Creator alme siderum (Rev. Thomas Buffer)
  • Creator alme siderum (Gregorian chant) from Booklet of Chant, Volume 1 [This is the proper Vesper hymn for Advent]
  • I Was Glad (William Boyce, C. Hubert Parry, Henry Purcell, Healey Willan)
  • Introit for Advent (Philip Ledger)
  • Lætatus sum (Marc-Antoine Charpentier, Claudio Monteverdi, Antonio Vivaldi)
  • Lift Up Your Heads (Rev. Brian Muzas)
  • 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 R. Motyka)
  • Psalm 122 (Giles Farnaby, Leo Sowerby, J.P. Sweelinck)
  • Rejoice, O Jerusalem (Healey Willan)
  • Ten New Carols for Advent and Christmas, Volume 1 (Gary Penkala)
  • Ten New Carols for Advent and Christmas, Volume 2 (Greene, Brumby, Penkala)
  • Wachet auf! ruft uns die Stimme (J.S. Bach) the chorale or the cantata movement
  • Wake, Awake (arr. Donna Robertson)
  • Wake, Awake! (Franz Tunder)
  • Wake, Awake! (Dieterich Buxtehude) [Augsburg Publishing House]

Organ Music

  • Advent Prelude on Merton (Edward G. Mead) [Consoliere VI-4 - World Library Publ]
  • Chorale Improvisation on Wachet auf (Paul Manz) [AGO 90th Anniversary Anthology of American Organ Music - Oxford]
  • Four Advent Choarles for Flute and Harpsichord or Organ (Stephen McManus)
  • Lob sei dem allmachtigen Gott (J.S. Bach) from Orgelbüchlein
  • O Come, O Come, Emmanuel fromThree Preludes for the Christmas Cycle (Robert Farrell)
  • The King Shall Come When Morning Dawns (David Johnson)
  • 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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