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The Fourth Sunday of Advent (EF)

Liturgical Music

Official texts

  • Introit:
    1. Roráte cǽli [Liber Usualis p.353]
    2. Roráte cǽli [Graduale Romanum p.21]
    3. Roráte cǽli [Gregorian Missal p.181]
    4. Roráte caéli (chant)
    5. Roráte cǽli (Jakob Reiner, Michael Praetorius, Mariano Garau) 9 Advent-Motetten op. 176 (Josef Rheinberger)
  • Gradual:
    1. Prope est Dóminus [Liber usualis, p.354]
    2. Prope est Dóminus [Graduale Romanum p.21-22]
    3. Prope est Dóminus [Gregorian Missal p.175-176]
    4. Prope est Dóminus (chant)
  • Alleluia:
    1. Véni Dómine et nóli tardáre [Liber usualis, p.354-355]
    2. Véni Dómine et nóli tardáre [Graduale Romanum p.22]
    3. Véni Dómine et nóli tardáre [Gregorian Missal p.182]
    4. Véni Dómine et nóli tardáre (chant)
    5. Véni Dómine et nóli tardáre (Mendelssohn)
  • Offertory:
    1. Ave María grátia pléna [Liber usualis, p.355]
    2. Ave María grátia pléna [Graduale Romanum p.23]
    3. Ave María grátia pléna [Gregorian Missal p.183]
    4. Ave María grátia pléna (chant)
    5. Ave María by various composers
  • Communion:
    1. Ecce Vírgo concípiet [Liber usualis, p.356]
    2. Ecce Vírgo concípiet [Graduale Romanum p.23]
    3. Ecce Vírgo concípiet [Gregorian Missal p.184]
    4. Ecce Vírgo concípiet (chant)
    5. Ecce Vírgo concípiet by various composers
  • Mass settings:
    1. Missa XVII [Liber usualis, p.60]
    2. Missa XVII [Graduale Romanum, p.764]
    3. Missa XVII [Gregorian Missal (2010), p.143]
    4. Latin Chant Mass XVII (Adventus et Quadragesimæ)
    5. Missa XVII (Chant Mass, Sundays of Advent & Lent)
    6. Missa Deus Genitor alme (Harry McMurray)
    7. Missa sanctorum angelorum (Calvert Shenk)
    8. Mass of Saint Jerome (Christopher L. Bord)

Other liturgical music


  • As Joseph Lay Uneasy (CH #172)
  • Behold a Virgin Bearing Him (PMB #8, HH #29, SMH #453)
  • Canticle of Zachary/Zechariah (WIII #6, CBW #77, CH #421, PMB #223, PMB #754, CH #421, SMH #465)
  • Come, O Long Expected Jesus (WIII #364, HH #2, HPSC #140, AH #310, CBW #447, VII #329)
  • Come, Thou Redeemer (CD #804, CBW #18, HPSC #141)
  • Hail to the Lord's Anointed (AH #354, CH #175, HH #54, HPSC #181, ICEL #229, CHB #3, SMH #554, EH #545, LCH #35)
  • Lift Up Your Heads, Ye Mighty Gates! (AH #485, HH #19, HPSC #211, ICEL #7, WIII #363, SMH #615, EH #484, VII #211, LCH #6)
  • O Come, O Come, Emmanuel (AH #301, CBW #440, CH #179, HPSC #236, ICEL #8, PMB #1, WIII #357, CHB #8, SMH #652, EH #2, VII #226, LCH #1)
  • O Comfort Ye My People (Ledoux/Penkala) from Ten New Carols, Volume 1
  • Savior of the Nations, Come (AH #302, CD #801, CH #184, HH #33, WIII #372, SMH #741, VII #228, LCH #12)
  • Send, Lord, Like Dew (HH #34)
  • So Lately Sprung from Glory (Kathleen Pluth) from Hymns for the Liturgical Year
  • The Angel Gabriel from Heaven Came (WIII #537, ICEL #239, HPSC #320, EH #285)
  • Thou Art the Star of Morning (HPSC #331)
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

  • Adam Lay Ybounden (arr. Boris Ord) from Carols for Choirs II, Oxford
  • Advent Anthem (Richard Proulx) [Augsburg]
  • Alma redemptoris mater (Stephen McManus)
  • Alma redemptoris mater (G.P. da Palestrina, arr. Andrea Angelini)
  • Angelus ad Virginem (14 C., arr. Willcocks) from Carols for Choirs III, Oxford
  • Annunciation (Heinrich Schütz) for ST soli and SATB choir
  • Ave Maria (Gregorian chant) from Booklet of Chant, Volume III
  • Ave Maria (Jacob Arcadelt, arr. Andrea Angelini)
  • Ave Maria (Anton Bruckner) [Peters]
  • Ave Maria from Three Sacred Rounds, Volume 2 (Colin Brumby)
  • Ave Maria (W.A. Mozart)
  • Ave Maria (Tomás Luis de Victoria, arr. Andrea Angelini)
  • Cibavit eos (William Byrd) [Chester]
  • Come, Thou Redeemer of the Earth (arr. Willcocks) from Carols for Choirs II, Oxford
  • Dixit Maria (Hans Leo Hassler) [J. Fischer, Arista, Chester, Concordia]
  • Drop Down, Ye Heavens (Heathcote Statham) from Oxford Easy Anthem Book
  • Drop Down, Ye Heavens, from Above (G. Winston Cassler) [Augsburg]
  • Ecce Virgo concipiet (Heinrich Isaac) [Chester]
  • Ecce Virgo concipiet (Cristobal Morales) [G. Schirmer]
  • Ecce Virgo concipiet (J.P. Swelinck) [Broude]
  • Ecce Virgo concipiet from Three Rounds for the Christmas Cycle (Colin Brumby)
  • Fiat! And Word Made Flesh (Ursula Ramjit)
  • From Thy Throne, O Lord (Richard Proulx) [GIA Publications]
  • Gabriel's Message (arr. David Willcocks) from Carols for Choirs II, Oxford
  • Hail! Blessed Virgin Mary (arr. Charles Wood) from Carols for Choirs II, Oxford
  • Lift Up Your Heads (Rev. Brian K. Muzas)
  • Lift Up Your Heads from Messiah (G.F. Handel)
  • Magnificat (Ronald Turner)
  • Magnificat brevis (Gary Penkala)
  • Mary's Salutation (Johann Eccard) [Oxford]
  • O Antiphons (Stephen McManus)
  • Of the Father's Heart Begotten (arr. Willcocks) from Carols for Choirs II, Oxford
  • Of the Father's Love Begotten (Michael Cox)
  • Of the Father's Love Begotten (Andrew R. Motyka)
  • Rorate cæli desuper (Gregorian chant) [Liber usualis, p.353] Proper Introit for Advent IV
  • Rorate cæli [ant] & Psalm 19A [ps tone] (Gregorian chant) [Graduale simplex, p.59]
  • Rorate caeli desuper (Calvert Shenk)
  • Rorate cæli desuper from Two-part Motets for Advent (Gregory Hamilton)
  • Rorate cæli desuper (Gregorian chant) from Booklet of Chant, Volume 1
  • Rorate cæli desuper (William Byrd) [Oxford]
  • Rorate cæli desuper (Francisco Guerrero) [Chester]
  • Salutation (Gary Penkala) from Easy Marian Motets
  • Song of Mary (William Crotch) [AMSI]
  • The Angel Gabriel from Heaven Came (William Atwood)
  • The Great 'O' Antiphons (Gregorian chant) choose the antiphon that is particularly appropriate for today from Booklet of Chant, Volume 1
  • There Is No Rose (anon 15th C.) from Carols for Choirs II, Oxford
  • There Is No Rose (Benjamin Britten) from Ceremony of Carols
  • Tota pulchra es, Maria (J. William Greene)

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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