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The Second Sunday of Advent (EF)

Liturgical Music

Official texts

Other liturgical music


  • Come, Lord, and Tarry Not (HH #9, WIII #366, SMH #486)
  • Come, Show Us Your Salvation, Lord (HPSC #138)
  • Comfort My People (CH #171)
  • 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)
  • 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.
SEC = Saint Edmund Campion Missal & Hymnal, Corpus Christi Watershed
SMH = The Saint Michael Hymnal – 4th Edition 2011, Saint Boniface Church, Lafayette IN
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)
  • 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]
  • Comfort, Comfort Ye (arr. Donna Robertson)
  • 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]
  • Lo, He Comes with Clouds Descending (Robert Benson)
  • O Heavenly Word, Eternal Light from Christmas Triptych (Robert Jordahl)
  • Of the Father's Love Begotten (Andrew Motyka)
  • Populus Sion (Gregorian chant) [Liber usualis, p.327]
  • Put Off the Garment of Mourning (Leo Sowerby) [H.W. Gray]
  • They That Sow in Tears (J.L. Bach) [Concordia]
  • They Who Grieving Soweth (J.H. Schein) [Bourne]
  • Turn Our Captivity, O Lord (William Byrd) [Stainer & Bell]
  • Veni Domine (Aurelio Porfiri)
  • When the Lord Turned Again (Adrian Batten) [Oxford]
  • Who with Weeping Soweth (John Antes) [Boosey & Hawkes]

Organ Music

According to De musica sacra et sacra liturgia – Instruction on Sacred Music and Sacred Liturgy (September 3, 1958) —

81. The playing of the organ, and all other instruments is forbidden [at Mass] during the following times:

a) Advent, from the first Sunday of Advent until the Vigil of Christmas

83. However, the following exceptions to the rule may be made:

a) the organ may be played, and other instruments used, on holy days of obligation
b) the organ may be used on the third Sunday of Advent

Psalm numbering is according to the Latin Vulgate Bible.

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