Weekly Music List: First Sunday of Advent

Weekly Music List

Basilica of St. Mary, Alexandria, Virginia

1stSunday of Advent

Lectionary Cycle C – 7

December 1, 2, 2018

Entrance Hymn:                   Wake, Awake, for Night is Flying 819 Wachet Auf

Kyrie:                                  Missa Advetus et Quadragemisae

Gloria:                                omitted

Offertory Hymn:                  Creator of the Stars of Night 497 Creator Alme Siderum

Sanctus:                               Missa Advetus et Quadragemisae

Agnus Dei:                           Missa Advetus et Quadragemisae

Communion Antiphon:           Ps 85: 13

Ne Timeas Maria                   Tomas Luis de Victoria (1525 – 1594)

Communion Hymn:                Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence 609 Picardy

Marian Antiphon:                 Alma Redemptoris Mater 428

Recessional Hymn:               O Come, O Come, Emmanuel 652 Veni Emmanuel

Notes on the Liturgy and Music

Ne Timeas Maria


Magnificat Antiphon, 1572

Ne timeas Maria, invenisti enim gratiam apud Dominum: ecce concipies in utero et paries filium, et vocabitur Altissimi Filius.

Fear not, Mary, for you have found favour with the Lord: behold, you shall conceive and bring forth a son, and he shall be called the Son of the Most High.

Communion Antiphon

The communion antiphon, also known as communio in Latin, is one of several Propertexts of the Liturgy.  The proper texts, such as the Introit, Gradual, and Communio, are those texts that change with each liturgy.  This is in contrast to the Ordinaryof the Mass, which contains those texts that do not change.  These include the Gloria, Sanctus, and Agnus Dei. At the Basilica of St. Mary, we sing the communion antiphon at the beginning of communion, where it was traditionally always sung, at every Mass.

Marian Antiphon

The Marian Antiphon comes from the last of the sung hours of the Diving Office know as Compline.  Traditionally, one of the four Marian Antiphons, Alma Redemptoris Mater (Advent), Ave Regina Caelorum (Lent), Regina Caeli (Easter), or Salve Regina (Ordinary Time) was sung at the end of this hour.  In the reformed office of Paul VI, known as the Liturgy of the Hours, this final office is known as Night Prayer.

The Lectionary Cycle

The Ordinary Form of the Mass, promulgated by Pope Paul VI in 1969, uses a three- year cycle of readings.  Cycle C begins with the first Sunday of Advent on December 2, 2018

Vatican Chant Catalogue

The Vatican puts together all of the Gregorian Chant settings of the Ordinary of the Mass (or the parts of the Mass which do not change from week to week) in a collection called the Kyriale.  The Missa de Angelisis the 8thsetting in this catalogue.  As with the other chant settings in the Kyriale, different parts of the Missa de Angeliswere written in different centuries.

The complete collection of chants used for the Mass is called the Graduale Romanum.

Major Church Documents on Sacred Music

Sacrosanctum Concilium

  • Chapter VI concerns sacred music


Musicam Sacram


 General Instruction of the Roman Missal

  • Chapter II, paragraph 39, concerns sacred music.


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