Monday, December 3, 2012

Chants for Advent!

What this whole season leads to
The Church traditionally closes the evening with hymns asking the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, to to finish the office of Compline and close the Liturgy of the Hours for the day. During Ordinary Time, we sing the Salve Regina, which I have posted earlier. But during Advent, the time of waiting for the coming of the Lord, and Christmas, as we celebrate his Nativity and Infancy, we substitute the Alma Redemptoris Mater. The Latin text and square notation are in the video; it is solemn tone, because I find the female voices more pleasing than the male's not hard like the solemn Salve Regina is.

Loving mother of the Redeemer, 
gate of heaven, star of the sea,
assist your people who have fallen yet strive to rise again.
To the wonderment of nature you bore your Creator,
yet remained a virgin after as before.
You who received Gabriel's joyful greeting,
have pity on us poor sinners.
From 1st Vespers of Advent till Christmas Eve:
V. The Angel of the Lord declared unto Mary
R. And she conceived by the Holy Ghost.
Let us pray.
Pour thy grace into our hearts, we beseech thee, O Lord, that as have known the Incarnation of thy Son Jesus Christ by the message of an angel, so by His passion and cross, we may be brought to the glory of his Resurrection; through the same Christ, our Lord. Amen. [So, the opening and closing to the Angelus]
From 1st Vespers of Christmas till the Feast of the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary:
V. After childbirth, O Virgin, thou didst remain inviolate.
R. O Mother of God, plead for us.
Let us pray.
O God, Who by the fruitful virginity of blessed Mary, hast given to mankind the rewards of eternal salvation: grant, we beseech You, that we may experience her intercession for us, by whom we deserved to receive the Author of life, our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son. Amen.

There is also the Veni, Veni Emmanuel. I wish this could be the processional at St Martin's for the next three weeks. 

The Benedictines of Mary, Queen of the Apostles have a beautiful CD entitled "Advent at Ephesus." I need to acquire it for next the nuns! Their Christmas and Marian CDs look nice, and I hope they release more chants for Ordinary Time and special feasts (like the Requiem, Corpus Christi, etc). Also, Fr Z has an awesome reflection each day during Advent. Please listen, if only for the lovely chant. Today's post featured the most beautiful rendering of the Dies Irae I've ever heard.

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