SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT A Lectionary #4

The readings present contrasting images of the One-who-is-to-come, and they offer us John the Baptizer as one traditional Advent model of response to the coming of Christ. (The other model, Mary of Bethlehem, is presented, along with Joseph, on the Fourth Sunday of Advent.)

Isaiah 11:1-10. Isaiah's dream of a messianic age focuses on a descendant of David's line who will be an ideal king, filled with the “spirit of the Lord,” who will create Jerusalem as a holy mountain on which “there shall be no harm or ruin.” Compare this image with the angry image John proclaims in the Gospel.

Psalm of the Day: Ps (71) 72
A royal psalm that offers prayers for the royal family, echoing the hope (first reading) for a king who will be a “real” king, one who judges justly and with mercy. Christian theology applied such royal imagery to Jesus.

In His Days Justice Will Flourish (Joncas), ref 2 GC 72/GC2 46/RS 102
Justice Shall Flourish PSL A-5/SS 329
Justice Shall Flourish in His Time (Cooney) JS 57/GP 220/MI‑BB 772
Justice Shall Flourish in His Time (Guimont) GC 943/RS 101/LPMG 4/SS 569
Justice Shall Flourish in His Time (Marchionda) PRM A2/PMB 557
Justice Shall Flourish in His Time (Schiavone) LP 11/JS 881                                                           
Justice Shall Flourish in His Time (Schiavone/Gelineau) WOR 769/LPGG 769
Justice Will Flourish in His Time (Armstrong/Somerville) CBW 20
Justice Will Flourish in His Time (Dohms) PMB 154/WC 448
Se Postrarán ante Ti: Respuesta II (Cortez) FYC 219/FYC3  193

Romans 15:4-9. Paul offers a standard Christian interpretation of the Bible (that is, the part known to Christians as the Old Testament): It was “written for our instruction,” and from it we are to develop reasons for hope, patience, and encouragement. He is especially concerned that Christians will imitate Christ and have patience with each other because that is the only way they will “think in harmony with one another.”

Matthew 3:1-12. After John was arrested, Jesus preached John's message of reform, though he modified it to fit his vision. Here is John's simple message: Reform; the reign of God is at hand. John preached an angry, judgmental message in order to encourage the reform at the heart of his proclamation. Notice the image of the one-who-is-to come, who will baptize with fire, winnow the wheat from the chaff, and clear the threshing floor. Once again (see previous Sunday), there is a contrast between the peaceful messianic age (first reading) and the judgmental Day of the Lord.

Music Suggestions

Choral Anthems


Music Suggestions

Songs for the Liturgy
A Season of Light (1,Ps) OIF 356/WC 500/WS 403
*A Voice Cries Out (G) BB 44/GC2 343/G3 416/GP 294/GP3 213/JS 313/JS3 276/OFUV 353/RS 485
*Advent Antiphon (G) CBW 301
Advent Gathering Song (1) GC2 324/GC2 338/G3 405/OIF 360/RS 492/WS 409
*Arise, Jerusalem (C) PSL A-4/SS 214,215
Behold a Virgin Bearing Him (G) OIF 373/PMB 203/WC 514/WS 438
Christ Is Coming: Prepare the Way (G) LMGM 10/LMGM2 241
Clear the Voice (G) JS 317
Come, Emmanuel (1) OIF 358/WC 508/WS 408
Come, Light of the World (1) OIF 363/WC 493/WS 414
Come, Lord Jesus (1,Ps) BB 59,508/GP3 579/JS3 656/OIF 366/SS 864
Come Lord Jesus (Angrisano/Tomaszek) SPS 283
Come to Set Us Free (1,2) GC 338/GP 298
Comfort, Comfort, O My People (1,G) BB 57/GC 326/GC2 331/G3 413/JS 327/JS3 295/OIF 365/RS 488/SS 638/WC 507/WOR 370/WOR4 402
Emmanuel  SPS 140
Every Valley (G) BB 68/CBW 308/JS 326/GP 297/GP3 221/OFUV 370
Find Us Ready (G) GC2 342/GP3 761/SPS 209
*Hail to the Lord's Anointed (Ps) PMB 225/SS 656/WC 546/WS 451
*Let the Valleys Be Raised (G) BB 65/GP 310/GP3 227/OFUV 373
Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming (1) BB 91/GC 368/GC2 373/G3 451/GP 320/GP3 246/LMGM 24/LMGM2 263/ PMB 210/JS 338/JS3 302/OFUV 400/OIF 390/SS 683/WC 526/WS 445/WOR 374/WOR4 438
Maranatha (1) BB 69,699/GC2 324, 335/GP 295/GP3 220/JS3 283/WOR4 412
Now Is the Time Approaching (1,Ps) OIF 348/WC 505
O Come, O Come, Emmanuel (1) BB 38/CBW 312/GP 293/GP3 228/LMGM 3/LMGM2 231/GC 317/GC2 323/G3 395/JS 311/JS3 274/RS 493/OFUV 349/OIF 345/PMB 184/SS 652/WC 496/WS 415/WOR 357/WOR4 386
*O Day of Peace (1) PMB 460/JS 740/WOR 654/WOR4 811
O, How I Long to See (1) JS 673/GP 306
*On Jordan's Bank (G) BB 40/CBW 351/LMGM 8/LMGM2 240/GC 321, 322/GC2 344/G3 418/GP 296/GP3 218//PMB 190/JS 315/JS3 278/OFUV 362/OIF 349/RS 490/SS 658/WC 501/WS 418/WOR 356/WOR4 392
People, Look East (1,G) BB 43/GC 318/GC2 337/G3 409/GP 300/GP3 223/JS 329/JS3 297/OIF 361/RS 482/OFUV 360/PMB 188/SS 648/WC 490/WS 422/WOR 359/WOR4 398
*Prepare the Way of the Lord (G) WOR 369/LMGM 2/GC 336/GC2 330/G3 400/CBW 317/RS 491/SS 663/WOR 369/WOR4 389
Prepare Ye The Way of the Lord  OIF 351/LMGM2 235,237
Priestly People, v 5 (G) OIF 669/PMB 383/WC 761/WS 637
Proclaim the Joyful Message (1) OIF 367/PMB 197/WC 511/WS 423
*Ready the Way (G) BB 62,67/GP3 216,230/JS 323/JS3 288,294
Walk in the Reign (1) GC 319/GC2 325
Warm the Time of Winter (1,2) GC2 339/G3 417

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Choral Anthems

Title of Anthem, Voicing & Instrumentation Composer/arranger/editor Publisher & edition #  
Advent Message (Unison) How, Martin Boosey & Hawkes (OCTW0161) (G)
And a Little Child Shall Lead Them (SATB) Roff, Joseph Stony Chapel Press (142) (1)
And a Little Child Shall Lead Them Burton, Daniel Neil Kjos (Ed. 6167) (1)
And the Glory of the Lord (from Messiah, SATB) Handel, G.F. Various (1)
Behold, A Branch Is Growing (SAB) Aufdemberge, E Concordia (98-2132) * (1)
Behold, the Days Come (SATB) Reger, Max Concordia (98-2388) *  
Blessed be the Lord (SAB) Mozart, W.A. Choristers Guild (CGA-528) (PS)
Come, Jesus, Holy Son of God Handel, G.F./arr. Hopson Harold Flammer (A-5623)  
Comfort, Comfort (SATB) Faure, G./arr. H. Hopson Carl Fischer (CM 8017) (1,G)
Comfort, Comfort Ferguson, John, arr. Augsburg (11-2381) (1,G)
Comfort, Comfort (SATB) White Selah 1, G
Comfort, Comfort (SATB) Proulx Paraclete 1, G
Comfort, Comfort (SATB) Stearns Paraclete 1, G
Comfort, Comfort These My People (SATB) Armstrong, Matthew Logia (98-3155) (1,G)
Comfort, O Comfort (SB) Nelson Concordia 1
Dream Isaiah Saw, The (SATB) Rudolph Oxford University Press 1
E'en So, Lord Jesus, Quickly Come (SATB) Manz, Paul Morning Star #50 - 0001 (G)
Egredietur Virga (SATB) Handl, Jacob Arista (1)
Every Valley Beck, John Ness Beckenhorst Press (BP1040)  
Hail to the Lord's Anointed (SATB)
Hail to the Lord's Anointed
Bingham, Seth
Lovelace
Harrold Flammer (84910)
E. C. Schirmer
(PS)
Lo! How a Rose (SATB/SAB) Praetorius/Houkom Concordia (98-2216) * (1)
Lo! How a Rose (SATB) Neswick St. James Press (1)
Lo! How a Rose (SATB) Saylor Paraclete (1)
Lo, How a Rose (SATB) Distler, Hugo Arista (AE109) (1)
Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming Praetorius, M/arr. Overby Augsburg (11-1036) * (1)
Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming (SATB) Rentz Oxford (1)
Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming (SATB) Adelmann Trinitas/OCP (1)
Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming (Six A cappella Christmas Carols)(SATB) Proulx GIA (1)
O Day of Peace (SATB) White Alfred 1
O Jesus, Grant Me Hope and Comfort (SATB) J. Franck/Buszin Belwin 1, G
On Jordan's Bank Armstrong Concordia (G)
Peaceable Kingdom, The (Unison) Hruby, Dolores Concordia (98-2098) * (1)
People of Zion (Four Entrance Antiphons)(SATB) Chiusano Trinitas/OCP E
People Look East (SATB) Clemens WLP 2
Prepare the Royal Highway (Unison) Hopson Morning Star G
Prepare the Way of the Lord (SATB/2-part) Rowan, William Hope (A 596) G
Prepare to Receive Him (Unison) Bach/Currie GIA G
Prepare Ye the Way (SATB) Martin, Joseph Triune Music (10/1226T) (G)
Prepare! (SB) Pote, Allen Choristers Guild (CGA-705) (G)
Reign of Peace, The White Alfred * (1)
Shoot Shall Come Forth Out of Jesse, A (SATB) Horn, Richard Morning Star (MSM-50-0010) (1)
There Shall Come Forth a Shoot (SAB) Scott Oxford University Press 1
This Is the Record of John ( from Tudor Anthems , p. 318) Gibbons Oxford (G)
Veni, Veni, Emmanuel (SATB/divisi)(Emmanuel-God With Us) Young Colla Voce 1
Virga Jesse (SATB) Bruckner, Anton Arista (AE 156) (1)
Whatever Was Written in Former Days (SATB) Weinhorst, R Lengnick (G)

* Out of Print

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