The readings reflect the focus that ends each liturgical year and begins each new one: The Christian sense of history includes a belief that time will end not only for each of us but for the whole of creation and that there will be justice (and, we pray, mercy) for all at that time.

Isaiah 2:1-5. This vision of the coming messianic age has a hopeful focus, in which the Temple Mount in Jerusalem is seen to be the center that draws the nations together and the place from which moral teaching is sent into the whole world. This hopeful, peaceful vision is set in contrast to the dark prediction of the Day of the Lord as a day of judgment in today’s Gospel.

Psalm of the Day: Ps (121) 122
One of the "Songs of Ascent" sung by pilgrims as they approached Jerusalem’s Temple Mount. This psalm reflects an idealized picture of Jerusalem as the place of political as well as religious unity. Used by Christians, it sings of our hope for the "new" Jerusalem.

Con Qué Alegría/Let Us Go Rejoicing (Cortés) FYC 263/JS 102
I Rejoiced When I Heard Them Say (Batastini/Black) CBW 17
I Rejoiced When I Heard Them Say (Batastini/Gelineau) WOR 766/WOR4 96/RS 165
I Rejoiced When I Heard Them Say (Dean) GP 268
I Rejoiced When I Heard Them Say (Kreutz) PSS 64
I Rejoiced When I Heard Them Say (Proulx) RS 851
I Rejoiced When I Heard Them Say (Walker) GP 269
I Rejoiced When I Heard Them Say (Warner) PMB 170/WC 470/WS 382
I Was Glad (Haas) GC 121/RS 166
Let Us Go Rejoicing PSL A-2/SS 340
Let Us Go Rejoicing (Angrisano) SPS 92
Let Us Go Rejoicing (Batastini/Gelineau) LPGG 766
Let Us Go Rejoicing (Guimont) LPMG 1
Let Us Go Rejoicing (Harbor) LMGM 542
Let Us Go Rejoicing (Haugen) PCY1 83
Let Us Go Rejoicing (Hunstiger) SS 536
Let Us Go Rejoicing (Hurd) JS 101/MI-BB 803
Let Us Go Rejoicing (Joncas) GC 120/GC2 68/G3 804/RS 167
Let Us Go Rejoicing (Roberts) LMGM 543
Let Us Go Rejoicing (Schaefer) PRM A1/PMB 554
Let Us Go Rejoicing (Schiavone) LP 8/JS 878
Let Us Go Rejoice (Stephan) SPS 93
Let Us Go Rejoicing (Willcock) SS 585
Let Us Go Rejoicing (Young/Black) CBW 114
Qué Alegría Cuando Me Dijeron (Manzano) GP 270

Romans 13:11-14. Paul, writing from an early Christian perspective which expected the imminent return of the risen Lord, calls the people to a moral life, using the traditional morality of the “two ways”—a right way and a wrong way, the way of light and the way of darkness.

Matthew 24:37-44. In this apocalyptic passage, Jesus emphasizes the tradition that the messianic “Son of Man” will arrive to herald the Day of the Lord. In the prophets, this day could be either a hopeful time (see the Isaiah reading) or a time to dread—a time of terrible, swift judgment. Jesus warns of judgment, though he does not offer any reason why “one will be taken and one will be left.” His message is simply the need to be prepared: “At an hour you do not expect, the Son of Man will come.”

Music Suggestions

Choral Anthems

Music Suggestions

Songs for the Liturgy
A Season of Light (1) OIF 356/WC 500/WS 403
Advent Gathering (2) GC 324/G3 324/OIF 360/RS 492/WS 409
Advent Gathering Song: Come, Come, Emmanuel (1) GC2 338/SS 634
Awake, Awake, Fling Off the Night (G) CBW 304
Awake, O Sleeper (2) GC 803/OIF 689/RS 650, 729/WOR4 915
Christ, Be Our Light (2) BB-MI 594/GC2 512/GP 656/GP3 683/JS 661/JS3 824/OIF 867/OFUV 625/SPS 207/SS 808/WC 962/WS 781
City of God, Jerusalem (1,Ps) RS 486/WOR 362/WOR4 391
Come, Lord, and Tarry Not (G) LMGM 11/WOR 365/WOR4 401
Come, Lord Jesus (1) BB 508/GP3 579/JS3 656/OIF 366/SPS 283/SS 864
Come to Set Us Free (1) G3 338/GP 298
Creator Alme Siderum, Latin/English (G) CBW 307/ GC 337/GP 305/GP3 217/LMGM 7/LMGM 239/JS 325/JS3 290/OFUV 348/RS 483/PMB 187/SS 635/WOR 368/WOR4 405
God of All People (1) CBW 314/GC 331/GC2 349/SS 867
Hills of the North, Rejoice (G) WOR 365
In the Day of the Lord (1) BB-MI 573/GP 722/GP3 752JS 685/JS3 753/OFUV 673
*Let Us Go Rejoicing (Ps) JS 791/JS3 102,103/SS 349,536,585/OFUV 242
Levanto Mi Alma (Peña) GC 37
Maranatha (1,2,G) BB 69,72/GP 295/GP3 220/JS3 283
Maranatha, Come (1) GC2 335/SS 666
Maranatha, Come Lord Jesus JS3 275
Maranatha, Lord Messiah (1) GC2 324/SS 641
My Lord! What a Morning (G) LMGM 9/LMGM2 693/OIF 886
Now Is the Hour (1,G) PSL A-3/SS 373
Now Is the Time Approaching (1) WC 505/OIF 348
Now the Day of the Lord Is at Hand (2,G) WOR 687
O Day of Peace (1,Ps) PMB 460/WOR 654/WOR4 811
O, How I Long to See (1,Ps) GP 306
On That Holy Mountain (1,Ps) OIF 350/PMB 194/WC 498/WS 406
People, Look East (2) BB 43/GC 318/JS 329/JS3 297/RS 482/GP 300/GP 223/OFUV 360/OIF 361/PMB 188/SS 648/WC 490/WS 422/WOR 359/WOR4 398
Proclaim the Joyful Message (1) PMB 197/OIF 367/WC 511/WS 423
Ps 25: To You, O Lord (E,G)  JS3 27,28,29
Rejoice, the Lord Is King (G) BB-MI 719/ GC 487/GC2 493/LMGM 93/LMGM2 349/JS 478/JS3 459/OFUV 508/OIF 635/RS 627/PMB 355/SS 797/WC 762/WS 613/WOR 493/WOR4 564
Save Us, O Lord (G) BB-MI 665/GP 301/GP3 229/JS 555/JS3 528/OFUV 316
Soon and Very Soon (1,G) BB-MI 574/GC 770/GP 723/GP3 750/LMGM 4/LMGM2 691/JS 683/JS3 755/OFUV 672/OIF 882/RS 870/PMB 513/SS 970/WC 972/WS 786
The Advent of Our God (G) BB 60/CBW 315/JS 322/JS3 287/OFUV 354/OIF 347/PMB 191/SS 664/WC 504/WS 404
The Day Is Near (1) GC 768
The King Shall Come When Morning Dawns (2,G) BB 48/GP 307/GP3 226/GC 320/JS 319/JS3 282/OFUV 371/PMB 186/RS 497/SS 639/WC 502/WOR 373/WOR4 403
There Is a River (1,G) GP 718/GP3 762/JS 656
*To You, O Lord (E) PSL A-1/OFUV 153
Wait for the Lord (G) CBW 319/GC 332/RS 484/SS 642
Wake, Awake (G) GC 335/JS 332/RS 489/PMB 185/WOR 371
When He Comes (1,G) PMB 196
When the King Shall Come Again (1)  GC 327/RS 487/JS 318/JS3 281/SS 653/WOR 355/WOR4 395
When the Lord in Glory Comes (1,G) GC 765/RS 868


Choral Anthems

Title of Anthem, Voicing & Instrumentation Composer/arranger/editor Publisher & edition #  
Advent Supplication (SATB) Hopson Morning Star Music G

And It Shall Come to Pass (SATB)

Jean Berger

Fred Bock (BG2060)


At Midnight Comes the Cry (SATB) Lance St. James Press G

Canticle of Peace , A (Unison)

Clokey, Joseph

Summy-Birchard (Sumco B-340)


Come, Lord Jesus (Maranatha)

Twynham, Robert

Oregon Catholic Press (9632)

Come Lord and Terry Not (Unison) Ferris WLP G
Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus Thomas Oxford  
Creator Alme Siderum (SATB) Praetorius GIA 2903 G
Creator of the Stars of Night (Unison)
Creator of the Stars of Night (Unison)
Creator of the Stars of Night (SATB)
Creator of the Stars of Night (SB)
Creator of the Stars of Night (SATB)
H. W Gray
Morning Start
E. C. Schirmer
Morning Star 50-0430

Creator of the Stars of Night (Unison)
Creator of the Stars of Night (Unison)
Creator of the Stars of Night (SATB)
Creator of the Stars of Night (SB)

H. W. Gray
Morning Star
E. C. Schirmer

E'en So, Lord Jesus, Quickly Come (SATB)

Manz, Paul

Morning Star #50 - 0001


Gate of Heaven, The (SATB,SSAA,TTBB)

Thompson, Randall

E.C. Schirmer (2490)


Hark! A Thrilling Voice Is Sounding (SB)

Matheny, Gary

Hope (A-575)

I Was Glad (SATB)

Butler, Eugene

Agape (Hope) (EB 9200)


I Was Glad When They Said Unto Me (SATB)

Sowerby, Leo

H.W. Gray (CMR 7187)


Keep Your Lamps Trimmed and Burning




Keep Your Lamps

Thomas, Andre, arr. Hinshaw



Kingdom of Love, The (2 eq.) White Selah 1, G

Laetatus Sum (Be Joyful) (SATB)

Monteverdi, Claudio

Mark Foster (MF 109X)


Laetatus Sum Gumpelzhaimer CPDL (PS)

Laetatus Sum (How Glad Was I) (SATB)


Concordia (97-6425) *


Laetatus Sum




Lo! He Comes with Clouds Descending (SATB)
Lo! He Comes with Clouds Descending (SAB)
Lo! He Comes with Clouds Descending (SATB)
Lo! He Comes with Clouds Descending (SATB)
Lo! He Comes with Clouds Descending (SAB)

Smith, Robert E

MSM 50-380
EC Shirmer 4871
Morning Star
H. W. Gray
GIA (G-2071)


Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming (SATB) Distler, Hugo Augsburg in “Chantry Choirbook” (0800657772) 1
Lo, How A Rose E'er Blooming (SATB, SAB)
Lo, How A Rose E'er Blooming (SATB)
Lo, How A Rose E'er Blooming (SATB)
Lo, How A Rose E'er Blooming (SATB)
Lo, How A Rose E'er Blooming (SATB)
Lo, How A Rose E'er Blooming (SATB)
Lo, How A Rose E'er Blooming (SATB)
Lo, How A Rose E'er Blooming (SATB)
Lo, How A Rose E'er Blooming (Six A cappella Christmas Carols) (SATB)
von Herzogenberger
Distler, Hugo
Praetorius, M/arr. Overby
Concordia 98-2216
St. James Press
St. James Press
Arista (AE109)
Augsburg (11-1036)

Lo! In the Appointed Time (from Anthems for Choirs, Vol. 4 SATB)

Willan, Healy



Lord Will Come and Not Be Slow, The (from Easy Anthems, p. 68)




Morning Trumpet, The Wetzler AMSI G
My Lord What a Morning (SATB) Burleigh   G

Night Is Far Spent, The(SATB)

Nystedt, Knut

Augsburg (1463) *


O Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem (SATB)

Ossewarde, Jack

H.W. Gray (CMR 2777)


O Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem (SATB)
O Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem

Tomkins, Thomas
Tomkins, Thomas

Broude Brothers (BB 901)


O Prayer for the Peace of Jerusalem

Howells, Herbert



People Look East (SATB) Clemens WLP 2

Pray for Peace (SATB)

Parker, Alice

Augsburg (11-4633) *


Pray that Jerusalem (SATB) Stanford GIA PS

Psalmus 122 (SATB)

Sweelink, J.P.

Edition Mujsico (G 328)


Put Ye On the Lord Jesus (SATB)

Roff, Joseph

Columbo (2356)


Reign of Peace, The (SATB) White Alfred 1, G

Rejoice, O Jerusalem, Behold Your King (SATB)

Willan, Healy

Concordia (98-1506)


Rejoice, Rejoice Believers (SATB)
Rejoice, Rejoice Believers
Rejoice, Rejoice Believers
Gumpelzhaimer, Adam
Morning Star
Boosey & Hawkes
See There, the Lord Comes (SATB) Buxtehude/Engel Morning Star Music G

Salvation Is Created

Tchesnokoff, P.

Hal Leonard


Salvation is Near (SATB)

Ford, Virgil

Flammer (A-5047)


There Shall a Star from Jacob Come Forth

Mendelssohn, Felix

Hinshaw (AP-206)

There Shall a Star from Out of Jacob

Mehdelssohn, Felix

G. Schirmer (3004)

Therefore Watch That ye Be Ready (SSATB)

Hammerschmidt, A

Concordia (97-6316)


To Thee, O Lord, I Have Lifted Up My Soul (SATB) Near Aureole/Morning Star E
To You, My God (Four Advent Anthems) (SATB) Chiusano OCP/Trinitas E
Two Advent Introits - #1 (SATB) Bold E. C. Schirmer G
Unto Thee, O Lord (SATB) Ford G. Schirmer E
Wake, Awake (SATB)
Wake, Awake, for Night is Flying (SATB)
Carl Fischer

Zion Hears the Watchmen Singing

Bach, J.S./arr. Leavitt

GIA (G-3801)


* Out of Print