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The Second Sunday of Advent (A)

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, p.5 (Adam Bartlett) CMAA]
    7. People of Zion, the Lord will come [Simple Choral Gradual, p.4 (Richard Rice) CMAA]
    8. O people of Sion, behold [Lumen Christi Missal, p.904 (Adam Bartlett) Illuminare Publications]
    9. 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. Chabanel Psalmody
    6. Parish Book of Psalms (Arlene Oost-Zinner)
    7. 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. I Did in Heart Rejoice (Giles Farnaby)
    6. 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, p.6 (Adam Bartlett) CMAA]
    6. Let us see, O Lord, your mercy [Simple Choral Gradual, p.5 (Richard Rice) CMAA]
    7. You will turn to us, O God [Lumen Christi Missal, p.905 (Adam Bartlett) Illuminare Publications]
  • 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, p.4 (Richard Rice) Hostia Laudis Co]
    9. Rise up, Jerusalem [Simple Choral Gradual, p.6 (Richard Rice) CMAA]
    10. Jerusalem, arise [Lumen Christi Missal, p.905 (Adam Bartlett) Illuminare Publications]
    11. Jerusalem, stand on high 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

  • Come, Lord, and Tarry Not (HH #9, WIII #366)
  • Come, Show Us Your Salvation, Lord (HPSC #138)
  • Comfort My People (CH #171)
  • Comfort, Comfort, O My People (WIII #370, HPSC #144)
  • 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)
  • Hail to the Lord's Anointed (AH #354, CH #175, HH #54, HPSC #181, ICEL #229, CHB #3, SMH #328, EH #545)
  • Hark! A Herald Voice Is Calling (ICEL #4, HPSC #183, CBW #453, CH #176, CHB #4, SMH #336, 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 #402)
  • 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.
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

  • And the Glory of the Lord from Messiah (G.F. Handel)
  • Behold, the Savior Cometh (Maxcine Posegate)
  • Benedictus (G.P. da Palestrina)
  • Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus (Richard Delong)
  • Comfort, Comfort Ye, My People (Louis Bouregois / Goudimel) [GIA Publications]
  • Comfort Ye, My People (George Thalban-Ball)
  • 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)
  • E'en So, Lord Jesus, Quickly Come (Paul Manz) [Concordia Publishing Co]
  • Jerusalem surge (Heinrich Isaac, Padre Martini) [Chester]
  • He Delivered the Poor (C. Hubert Parry)
  • He Shall Come Down Like Rain (Dudley Buck)
  • Lo, How A Rose E'er Blooming (Hugo Distler, Melchior Vulpius)
  • Populus Sion (Gregorian chant) [Liber usualis, p.327]
  • Ten New Carols for Advent and Christmas, Volume 1(Gary Penkala)
  • Ten New Carols for Advent and Christmas, Volume 2 (Greene, Brumby, Penkala)

Organ Music

  • Adagio on Aberystwyth (Alice Jordan) [Organist's Companion, June 1984]
  • 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]
  • Deo Gracias (Percy Whitlock)
  • Ellacombe (Lois Hill) [Organist's Companion, March 1999
  • 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]
  • Festival Intrada on Ellacombe (Roger Bailey) [Consoliere V-2]
  • 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
  • Hymnus: Creator alem siderum (Nicolas Jacques Lemmens)
  • 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)
  • Lob sei dem Allmächtigen Gott (J.S. Bach) [Orgelbüchlein]
  • 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 fromThree Preludes for the Christmas Cycle (Robert Farrell)
  • 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]
  • Prelude on Aberystwyth (Healey Willan) [Ten Hymn Preludes, Set I - Peters 6011]
  • Prelude on Ellacombe (Alfred Fedak) [Organist's Companion, March 1991
  • Psalm 42: Freu dich sehr (Alfred Fedak) [Organist's Companion, December 1982]
  • Variations on Ellacombe [Organist's Companion, September 1996
  • Variations on Lo, How a Rose (Murray Bradshaw) [Organist's Companion, November 1993]

Liturgical Hints & Ideas

The hope inherent in the Advent message flows from the promises we hear during this season. The promise of "a signal for the nations," the promise of a new baptism in "the Holy Spirit and fire," these induce hope in our majestic Lord who will come at the end of time with his winnowing-fan to "gather his grain into the barn."

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