“Liturgical worship is given a more noble form when it is celebrated in song, with the ministers of each degree fulfilling their ministry and the people participating in it.
Indeed, through this form, prayer is expressed in a more attractive way, the mystery of the liturgy, with its hierarchical and community nature, is more openly shown, the unity of hearts is more profoundly achieved by the union of voices, minds are more easily raised to heavenly things by the beauty of the sacred rites, and the whole celebration more clearly prefigures that heavenly liturgy which is enacted in the holy city of Jerusalem.
Pastors of souls will therefore do all they can to achieve this form of celebration.” - Musicam Sacram, 5 (Instruction on Music in the Liturgy, Vatican II)
Cantors and Accompanists:
Music Notes for Advent:
- Opening Song – #317 – O Come O Come Emmanuel
- Sung at all Masses during Advent
- Preference is to have it sung with just bell accompaniment – 2 sets of bells will be kept in the electric keyboard table (open 5th’s); if this is completely not possible, then use as little accompaniment as possible.
- After the Confiteor, we will sing the Kyrie from Mass of Renewal at all Masses
- Gospel Acclamation – Mass of Renewal, verse 5. Because the congregation knows this well, we have decided to sing the refrain 1 time, verse 5, then refrain again. Please be deliberate in bringing the congregation in right away on the first refrain.
- The Advent Wreath will be blessed after the homily. No music is required for the blessing.
- We are going to sing / chant a response to the intercessions. The intercessions will end with “We humbly pray:” and our response will be #271 (2 times through after the first intercession, then 1 time on consecutive intercessions). No need to announce this…the congregation will pick it up after a couple times!