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
Justice Shall Flourish in His Time (Alstott) BB
Justice Shall Flourish in His Time (Cooney) JS 57/GP 220/MI‑BB
Justice Shall Flourish in His Time (Guimont) GC 943/RS 101/LPMG 4/SS
Justice Shall Flourish in His Time (Hunstiger) SS
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 418
Que en Sus Días/Justice Shall Floruish (Schiavone) SS
Se Postrarán ante Ti: Respuesta II (Cortez) FYC 219

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) WC 470/WS
*A Voice Cries Out (G) BB/JS 313/RS 485/GC2 343/GP 294
*Advent Antiphon (G) CBW 301
Advent Gathering Song (1) GC2 324/GC2 338/RS 492/SS
*Arise, Jerusalem (C) PSL A-4/SS
Behold a Virgin Bearing Him (G) PMB 203/WC 485/WS
Christ Is Coming: Prepare the Way (G) LMGM 10
Clear the Voice (G) JS 317
Come, Emmanuel (1) PMB 192/WC 478/WS
Come, Light of the World (1) WC 463/WS
Come, Lord Jesus (1,Ps) BB
*Come, Rejoice in Our King (E) IH 3
Come to Set Us Free (1,2) GC 338/GP 298
Comfort, Comfort, O My People (1,G) WOR 370/BB/GC 326/GC2 331/WC 477/JS 327/RS 488/SS
Every Valley (G) JS 326/GP 297/CBW 308/BB
Find Us Ready (G) GC2 342
*Hail to the Lord's Anointed (Ps) PMB 225/WC 517/SS
*Let the Valleys Be Raised (G) GP 310/BB
Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming (1) WOR 374/BB/LMGM 24/GC 368/GC2 373/PMB 210/WC 497/JS 338/GP 320/WS/SS
Maranatha (1) BB/GP 295/GC2 324, 335/SS
Now Is the Time Approaching (1,Ps) WC 475
O Come, O Come, Emmanuel (1) WOR 357/CBW 312/BB/GP 293/LMGM 3/GC 317/GC2 323/WC 466/JS 311/RS 493/PMB 184/WS/SS
*O Day of Peace (1) WOR 654/PMB 460/JS 740
O, How I Long to See (1) JS 673/GP 306
*On Jordan's Bank (G) WOR 356/CBW 351/LMGM 8/BB/GC 321, 322/GC2 344/PMB 190/WC 471/JS 315/RS 490/GP 296/WS/SS
People, Look East (1,G) WOR 359/BB/GC 318/GC2 337/WC 460/JS 329/RS 482/GP 300/PMB 188/WS/SS
*Prepare the Way of the Lord (G) WOR 369/LMGM 2/GC 336/GC2 330/CBW 317/RS 491
Priestly People, v 5 (G) PMB 383/WC 761/WS
Proclaim the Joyful Message (1) PMB 197/WC 482/WS
*Ready the Way (G) JS 323/BB
Walk in the Reign (1) GC 319/GC2 325
Warm the Time of Winter (1,2) GC2 339
*Wild and Lone the Prophet’s Voice (G) HG 18

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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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