At first glance, today's readings seem to echo the previous Sunday's in theme and “players” (e.g., John the Baptizer). But there is a subtle and important shift that moves us closer to the mystery of the incarnation celebrated at Christmas.

Isaiah 35:1-6, 10. The messianic age is a transformative time. The land that once was home to one of Israel's bitterest enemies, the Kingdom of Edom, will be transformed after Edom's destruction into a garden. God is acting on behalf of the people, even to the point of healing people who are blind, deaf, and otherwise afflicted. This passage is directly quoted in the Gospel today.

Psalm of the Day: Ps (145) 146
This is an “acrostic” poem, each line beginning with the next letter of the Hebrew alphabet, which celebrates God as king. The divine rule is marked by the same signs that herald the coming messianic age: justice, freedom, healing, and mercy.

Alaba, Alma Mía, al Señor: Respuesta II (Reza) FYC 277
Come, Lord, and Save Us PSL A-8
Lord, Come and Save Us (Ancell) JS 113
Lord, Come and Save Us (Batastini/Murray) CBW 23
Lord, Come and Save Us (Guimont) GC2 1010/LPMG 7
Lord, Come and Save Us (Honoré) WC 481/WS 393
Lord, Come and Save Us (Janco) PRM A-3/PMB 560
Lord, Come and Save Us (Joncas) GP 283/SP2 74
Lord, Come and Save Us (LeBlanc/Gelineau) RS 194/LPGG 772/WOR 772
Lord, Come and Save Us (Schiavone) LP 14/JS 884

Ven, Señor, a Salvarnos: Respuesta II (Taulé) FYC 278

James 5:7-10. James weighs in with a call for patience (see the second reading for last Sunday), but this time the call is not for patience with each other in the Christian community but for patience with God.

Matthew 11:2-11. On the two previous Sundays, the images of the end time found in the first reading and in the Gospel were in strong contrast. Now they are united in a focus on the messianic age as a time of healing, justice, and mercy. Jesus holds up the example of John as the expected messenger who would herald the coming of the new age. But he also points out that those who participate in God's new age can be considered greater even than John.

Music Suggestions

Choral Anthems

Music Suggestions

Songs for the Liturgy
Advent Gathering (1,G) GC 324/GC2 338/G3 405/OIF 360/RS 492/SS 634
Arise, Your Light Is Come! (1,G) CBW 302
Awake! Awake, and Greet the New Morn (1,G) CBW 303/GC2 351/ G3 423/RS 494/SS 677/WC 495/WS 412/WOR 360/WOR4 406
Awake, Awake: Fling Off the Night (1) CBW 304
Be Light for Our Eyes (1,G) CBW 305/GC 509/GC2 511
*Be Patient, Beloved (G) PSL A-9/SS 222
Be Strong! (1) LMGM 237/LMGM2 573/SS 223,224
Clear the Voice (G) JS 317
Come, Emmanuel (1) OIF 358/PMB 192/SPS 137WC 508/WS 408
Come, Light of the World (1) OIF 363WC 493/WS 414
Come, Lord Jesus (1,Ps) BB 59,508/G3 552/JS3 656/OIF 366/SS 864
Come, O Long Expected Jesus (1,G) BB 39/CBW 300,306/ GC 323/GC2 345/G3 403/GP 309/GP3 212/LMGM 5/LMGM2 238/JS 328/JS3 296/OFUV 365/OIF 359/RS 496/PMB 189/SS 637/WC 489/WS 417/WOR 364/WOR4 394
Come To Us   SPS 144
Creator Alme Siderum‑‑Latin/English (1,G) CBW 307/ GC 337/GC2 334/ G3 420/GP 305/GP3 217/LMGM 7/LMGM2 239/ JS 325/JS3 290/RS 483/OFUV 348 /PMB 187/SS 635/WOR 368/WOR4 405
Each Winter as the Year Grows Older (G) GC 339/GC2 350/G3 419
Emmanuel  SPS 140
Flow River Flow (1) BB-MI 645/GP 455/JS 541/JS3 515/OFUV 295
God Has Chosen Me (1,Ps,G) BB-MI 377/GC 682/GC2 669/G3 761/GP 546/GP3 542/JS 831/JS3 815/OFUV 736
God of All People (G) CBW 314/GC 331/GC2 349/G3 412/SS 657
Hail to the Lord's Anointed (1,G) OIF 404/PMB 225/SS 656/WC 546/WS 451
*Hold Me in Life (G) GP 596/GC 599/JS 702
Listen, My People (1,G) CBW 309
Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming (1) BB 91/ GC 368/GC2 373/ G3 451/GP 320/GP3 246/LMGM 24/LMGM2 263/JS 338/JS3 302/OFUV 400/OIF 390/PMB 210/SS 683/WC 526/WS 445/WOR 374/WOR4 438
Maranatha (1) BB 69,72/GP 295/GC2 324, 335/GP3 220/JS3 283/WOR4 412
O Come, Divine Messiah (1,G) BB 50/CBW 310/GC 333/GC2 333/G3 401/JS 316/JS3 279/OIF 352/RS 479/OFUV 369/PMB 195/SS 655/WC 497/WS 411/WOR 367/WOR4 387
On Jordan's Bank (G) BB 40/CBW 351/LMGM 8/LMGM2 240/GC 321, 322/GC2 344/G3 418/GP 296/GP3 218/JS 315/JS3 278/OFUV 362/OIF 349/RS 490/PMB 190/SS 658/WC 501/WS 418/WOR 356/WOR4 392
Patience, People (2) BB 47/GP 303/GP3 224/JS 314/JS3 277/OFUV 359
People, Look East (1) BB 43/GC 318/GC2 337/G3 409/GP 300/GP3 223/JS 329/JS3 297/RS 482/OFUV 360/OIF 361/PMB 188/SS 648/WC 490/WS 422/WOR 359/WOR4 398
People of the Night (2) GC 340/GC2 346/G3 407
Proclaim the Joyful Message (1,G) OIF 367/PMB 197/WC 511/WS 423
Ready the Way (1) BB 62,67/JS 323/JS3 288,294/SPS 142
*Rejoice in the Lord (E) PSL A-7
The Spirit of God (G) OIF 714/PMB 399/GC 458/WC 832/WS 662
The Voice of God Goes Out through All the World (G) CBW 433/WOR 358
Walk in the Reign (1) GC 319/GC2 325
Warm the Time of Winter (1) GC2 339/G3 417
When the King Shall Come Again (1,G) GC 327/GC2 327/G3 404/RS 487/JS 318/JS3 281/SS 653/WOR 355/WOR4 395
You Have Anointed Me (1,Ps,G) GC 676/GC2 662/G3 773/GP 555/GP3 534/RS 795
Your Light Will Come, Jerusalem  SPS 139
Your Mercy Like Rain (1,G) GC 330


Choral Anthems

Title of Anthem, Voicing & Instrumentation Composer/arranger/editor Publisher & edition #  

Advent Carol, An (Unison)

Lindh, Jody

Choristers Guild (CGA-648)


Advent Supplication (SATB) Hopson Morning Star Music 1, G

All the Earth Rejoicing (SSAATTBB)

Mendelssohn, Felix

Walton (M-109)


And the Glory of the Lord (from Messiah, SATB)

Handel, G.F.



Behold, I Send a Messenger (SA)

Willan, Healy

Concordia (97-7160) *


Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus
Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus (SSATB)
E C Schirmer
St James Press
1, G

Confortamini (Be Ye Comforted) (SATB)

DiLasso, Orlando

Concordia (98-2422) *


Creator Alme Siderum (SATB) Praetorius GIA 1, G
Creator of the Stars of Night (Unison)
Creator of the Stars of Night (Unison/Handbells)
Creator of the Stars of Night (SATB)
Creator of the Stars of Night (SB)
H. W. Gray
Morning Star
E. C. Schirmer
1, G
Daughter of Zion (SAB) Handel/Lundquist E. C. Schirmer E, 1, P

Drop Down Dew, O Heavens

Twynham, Robert

OCP Publications (9631)


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

Manz, Paul

Morning Star #50 - 0001


Hail to the Lord's Anointed Lovelace E. C. Schirmer 1, G

Hark! The Glad Sound! (from Anthems (p. 126)

Davies, H.W.



How Lovely Are Thy Messengers

Mendelssohn, Felix

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) von Herzogenberger 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)
Make Straight in the Desert a Highway (SATB) Hunnicutt GIA 1, G
On Jordan's Bank Armstrong Concordia (G)
People Look East (SATB) Clemens WLP 1

Praise the Lord, O My Soul (SATB)

Butler, Eugene

Abingdon (APM-918)


Prepare the Royal Highway (Unison) Hopson Morning Star G

Prepare the Way of the Lord (SATB/2-part)

Rowan, William

Hope (A 596)


Prepare! (SB)

Pote, Allen

Choristers Guild (CGA-705)


Prepare to Receive Him (Unison) Bach/Currie GIA G

Psalm 146 (SATB)

Berger, Jean

Augsburg (11-1952) *


Psalm 146 (SB)

Powell, Robert

GIA (G-2089)


Redeemed of the Lord, The (SATB)

Jaeschke, Christian

Boosey & Hawkes (#6032)


Rejoice in the Lord Always (Four Entrance Antiphons)(SATB) Chiusano Trinitas/OCP E

Say to Them That Are of a Fearful Heart(SATB)

Titcomb, Everett

Carl Fischer (CM 436)


Springs in the Desert (SATB)

Jennings, Arthur

H.W. Gray (CMR 580)


Thou Long Expected Jesus (SATB)
Thou Long Expected Jesus (SATB)
Thou Long Expected Jesus (SATB)
Thou Long Expected Jesus (SATB)
Thou Long Expected Jesus (SATB)
Thou Long Expected Jesus (SATB)
Thou Long Expected Jesus (SATB)
E. C. Schirmer
Morning Star
H. W. Gray
Morning Star Music
Two Advent Introits #2 Bold E. C. Schirmer G
Veni Jesu (SATB) Cherubini CPDL G
Veni Jesu Amor Mi Cherubini GIA G
Voice of God Goes Out, The (SATB) McCabe Paraclete G
We Will Rejoice! (SATB) Hopp GIA E, 1, P