Thursday, December 12, 2013


REJOICE!  That is the name of this coming Sunday.  The Third Sunday of Advent is known as Gaudete SundayGaudete (pronounced Gow-DEH-teh) is a Latin word meaning Rejoice (the other Latin word for the same is Laetare, which is used on the Fourth Sunday of Lent).  Gaudete is also the first word of the Introit for this Sunday from the Graduale Romanum:

Gaudete in Domino semper: iterum dico, gaudete: modestia vestra nota sit omnibus hominibus: Dominus prope est. Nihil solliciti sitis: sed in omni oratione petitiones vestræ innotescant apud Deum.

It translates thus:
Rejoice in the Lord always; again, I say, rejoice!  Let your forebearance be known to all men: the Lord is near.  Do not be anxious about anything, but in all manner of prayer, make your petitions known to God.

A shorter form, which appears as the recited Entrance Antiphon in the Roman Missal:
Gaudete in Domino semper: iterum dico, gaudete: Dominus prope est.
Rejoice in the Lord always; again, I say, rejoice! The Lord is near.

In addition, the Gospel reading for the Third Sunday of Advent (as well as the Second Sunday) tells of John the Baptist, that herald's voice in the desert that cries out, "Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make straight his paths!" and "One mightier than I is to come.  I am not fit to loosen his sandal straps."  Let's look at today's music, shall we?


Mass Ordinary and Alleluia: same as last weekend

Numbers given for this Sunday appear in the Maroon Hymnal (The Hymnal).

Entrance Hymn: Come, thou long-expected Jesus (#1) (Listen)
- Side note: organist on the listen link here is Ryan Lynch, a good friend of mine from Boston.

Responsorial Psalm: Lord, come and save us, music by yours truly, based partially on Psaln Tone 8G

Offertory Hymn: Hark! a thrilling voice is sounding (#9) (Listen)

Communion Anthem: Magnificat, using alternating tones, the first being Psalm Tone 8G, and the other being a polyphonic tone by Ciro Grassi (+ circa 1953)

Meditation Hymn: The King shall come when morning dawns (#11) (Listen)

Recessional Hymn: On Jordan's bank the baptist's cry (#10) (Listen)