Today Mary and Joseph are presented as models for Christian behavior. Once again, as on the previous Sunday, the first reading is quoted in the Gospel. Actually, it is modified somewhat to fit the circumstances of Jesus’ birth.

Isaiah 7:10-14. In its original context, this text expressed the hope of the prophet that a child born to the royal house of David would be the kind of king who would create the messianic age.

Psalm of the Day: Ps (23) 24
A hymn of praise to God the creator. Who can enter the Jerusalem Temple to stand before the creator? Only those who are without sin, who are fully devoted to God.

Let the King of Glory Come In PSL A-11/SS
Let the Lord Enter (Alstott) JS 25/BB
Let the Lord Enter (Guimont) GC2 897/LPMG 10
Let the Lord Enter (Hunstiger) SS
Let the Lord Enter (Janco) PRM A4/PMB 563
Let the Lord Enter (Proulx/Gelineau) WOR 775/LPGG 775
Let the Lord Enter (Schiavone) LP 17/JS 887
Let the Lord Enter (Smith) MI‑BB
Let the Lord Enter (Smith/Murrray) CBW 26
Open Wide Your Gates (Keil), ref 2 GC 34/GC2 25/RS 47

Romans 1:1-7. In the process of introducing himself to the Christian community at Rome, Paul summarizes the early Christian creed that Jesus fulfilled the prophetic teaching about a messiah and that he came from David's royal line “according to the flesh.” By his resurrection he was “established as Son of God in power.”

Matthew 1:18-24. Mary doesn't have a lot to do in this reading: She is presented as having already accepted the action of God—her pregnancy “through the Holy Spirit.” The focus is really on how Joseph will react to her pregnancy. God helps Joseph by a dream, in which the angel quotes a key text from today's first reading. But the decision is still Joseph’s. When he awakens, he must trust in his dream—and in Mary—in order to fulfill God's plan.

Music Suggestions

Choral Anthems

Music Suggestions

Songs for the Liturgy
Advent Antiphon (1,G) CBW 301
All Who Claim the Faith of Jesus (1,G) RS 897/GC 787
Ave Maria‑‑Latin/English WOR 713/WC 972/LMGM 95/GC 785, 789/GC2 772, 774/JS 493, 504/MI‑BB/RS 896, 898/GP 429/PMB 532/SS
Awake! Awake, and Greet the New Morn (G) GC 351/WOR 360/CBW 303/RS 494/WC 465/WS/SS
Behold a Virgin Bearing Him (1,G) PMB 203/WC 485/WS
Come, Emmanuel (1) PMB 192/WC 478/WS
*Emmanuel (1) PMB 193/WC 464/WS
God of Adam, God of Joseph (G) GC 870/RS 960/JS 361
Hail Mary (1,G) LMGM 98/GC2 772, 779/RS 896/MI‑BB/PMB 528/WC 974, 978/WS
Hail Mary: Gentle Woman (1,G) GP 426/GC 782/GC2 779/JS 739/MI‑BB/WC 974/PMB 489/WS
Immaculate Mary (1,G) WOR 708/GP 430/LMGM 99/CBW 463/BB/WC 979/LMGM 99/GC 790/GC2 783/JS 535/RS 890/PMB 530/WS/SS
Joy to You (1,G) PMB 526
*Let the Clouds Rain Down (E) BFW 10/SS
*Let the King of Glory Come (Ps) GP 299/BB/JS 320
*Lift Up Your Heads (Ps) WOR 363/BB/JS 330/WC 950/PMB 515/GC2 341/SS
Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming (1,G) WOR 374/BB/LMGM 24/GC 368/GC2 373/WC 497/JS 338/GP 320/PMB 210/WS/SS
Magnificat/Canticle of Mary (2) WOR 15, 87, 88, 534, 553/WC 208, 223, 456, 458, 845/MI‑BB/RS 17, 209, 210, 211, 656, 675/GP 163, 291, 292, 427, 428, 433, 434, 436/GC 14, 145, 146, 534, 788/GC2 13, 84, 522, 773, 782/CBW 14I, 575, 674, 675, 676, 677, 678/JS 11, 119, 120, 495, 501, 503, 505/PMB 9, 180, 181, 182/WS/PSL A-225/SS
My Soul in Stillness Waits (1) GC 328/GC2 336/RS 495/SS
O Come, O Come, Emmanuel (1) WOR 357/CBW 312/BB/JS 311/GP 293/LMGM 3/GC 317/GC2 323/WC 466/RS 493/PMB 184/WS/SS
O Holy Mary (1,G) MI‑BB/JS 494
*Open You Skies PSL A-10/SS
Priestly People, v 2 (G) PMB 383/WC 761/WS
Savior of the Nations, Come (G) WOR 372/GC 334/GC2 348/WC 473/JS 321/RS 480/SS
See How the Virgin Waits (1,G) JS 331/BB
Sing of Mary (1,G) WOR 404/GP 432/MI‑BB/LMGM 100/WC 983/GC 783/GC2 778/JS 490/PMB 538/WS/SS
The Angel Gabriel from Heaven Came (1,G) WOR 695/CBW 316/GP 441/BB
The Coming of Our God (1) BB/WC 474/PMB 191
The God Whom Earth and Sea and Sky (1,G) WOR 405/CBW 464/JS 514/SS
*The King of Glory (1,Ps) WOR 501/WC 738/GP 423/MI‑BB/GC 486/GC2 494/JS 487/RS 628/WS


Choral Anthems

Title of Anthem, Voicing & Instrumentation Composer/arranger/editor Publisher & edition #  
A Hymn to the Mother of God (Two Hymns to the Mother of God)(SSAABBTT) Tavener Chester Music G
A Tender Shoot Goldschmidt, O. CPDL G
Advent Carol (SATB) Wood Art Masters Studios E
Alma Redemptoris Mater Palestrina CPDL G
Angel Gabriel, The (SATB)
Angel Gabriel, The (SATB)
Angel Gabriel, The (SATB)
Alliance Music Publications

Ave Maria (SATB)
Ave Maria (SATB)
Ave Maria (unison)
Ave Maria (unison)
Ave Maria (SATB)
Ave Maria (SATB)
Ave Maria (SATB)
Ave Maria (SATB)
Ave Maria (SSAATTBB)

Arcadelt, Jacob
Biebl, Franz

Morning Star Music
Walton, Trinitas/OCP
E.C. Schurmer
GIA (G-1528)
Hinshaw (HMC-1255)
H.W. Gray


Ave Maria Stella (SATB) Thompson GIA G
Behold a Mystical Rose (SATB) Latona MSM 50-0031 G

Behold, A Virgin Shall Be with Child (Songs of the Nativity)(SATB)

LaMontaine, J

H.W. Gray (CMR-2374)

1, G

O Thou That Tellest Good Tidings of Zion (from Messiah. SATB)

Handel, G.F.



Call to Advent

Williams, J. Jerome

Hope (A516)


Come, O Rod of Jesse's Stem #3 (Four Advent Introits) (SATB) Martinson Oxford 1
Come Thou Long-Expected Jesus (SATB)
Come Thou Long-Expected Jesus
Come Thou Long-Expected Jesus (SSATB)
St. James Press
E C Schirmer
St. James Press
1, 2, G

Creator Alme Siderum

Praetorius, M/Tortolano

GIA (G-2903)

Diffusa Est Gratia Nanini CPDL G

Dixit Maria (SATB)

Hassler, H.L./Tozer

Belwin Mills


Dove Flew Down from Heaven, A (from Second Motet Book p. 16)

Brahms, J



Drop Your Dew, O Clouds of Heaven (SAB) Haydn/Clemens WLP E
Drop Down Dew, O Heavens (SATB) Twyham Trinitas/OCP E
Drop Down Dew (SAB) Lindusky OCP E

Earth Is the Lord's, The (unison)

Beebe, Hank

Carl Fischer (CM7820)

Ecce Virgo Concipiet (SATB)

Issac, Heinrich

J & W Chester (JWC 55110)


Ecce Virgo Concipiet (SATB)

Morales, C/Goodale

WLP, G. Schirmer (11233)


Ecce Virgo Concipiet (SSATB)

Sweelinck, J.P./Colton)

Concordia (98-2347) *


Ecce Virgo Concipiet (Series XI, #2)

Sweelinck, J.P./Young

Broude Bros


Fling Wide the Door (SATB)

Yarrington, John

Augsburg (11-2394) *


God Sent Forth His Son (SATB)

Gibbs, Allen

Abingdon (APM-966)


Gabriel's Message (Six A Cappella Christmas Carols) (SATB)
Gabriel's Message (SATB)
Gabriel's Message (SSAATB)
Gabriel's Message (SATB)


Roger Dean/Lorenz
Great O Antiphons of Advent, The (SATB) Willan/Schalk Concordia 1

Hodie! Emmanuel! Gloria! (SATB)

Price, Milburn

Hinshaw (HMC-157)


Hymn to the Queen of Heaven Healey E.C. Schirmer G
Let the Clouds (Four Entrance Antiphons) (SATB) Chiusano Trinitas/OCP E
Lift Up Your Heads, O Ye Gates Amner, J. CPDL 2, G

Lift Up Your Heads (from Messiah, SATB)

Handel, G.F.



Lift up Your Heads (SAB)

Nelson, Ron

Augsburg (11-1635) *


Lift Up Your Heads (SATB)

Mathias, William

Oxford University Press


Lift Up Your Heads (SAB)

Krapf, Gerhard

Augsburg (1423) *


Lift Up Your Heads (unison)

Marshall, Jean

Hinshaw Music (HMC-972)


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)
Magnificat (3 pt.) Hommerding WLP G
Mary's Magnificat (SATB) Carter Oxford University Press G
Mary's Song (SATB) Shepherd Oxford University Press G
Mary Walks Amid the Thorn (SATB) DeLong Alliance Music Publications G
Mary Walks Amid the Thorn (SAB) Distler Concordia G
Mary Wanders Through the Thorn (SATB) McRae Kjos G
Magnificat (SSA) R. Thompson arr. Seitz E. C. Schirmer G
Of the Father's Love Grouthenhaus Presser  

Oh, Enter, Lord, Thy Temple (SATB)

Ott, David

Concordia (98-2862) *


O Come, O Come Emmanuel (SATB)
O Come, O Come Emmanuel (SATB)

Rutter, John

Oxford (84.194)
G. Schirmer


O Emmanuel Stainer, J. CPDL  
O Mary Blest, the Chosen Shrine (SATB) Keesecker Morning Star G
O Mary, of all Women (Two Hymns in the Dorian Mode)(SATB) Jenkins WLP G
O Sanctissima Beethoven/Thatcher MSM G

Prepare! (SB)

Pote, Allen

Choristers Guild (CGA-705)



Ives, Charles

Theodore Presser (352-00385)


Rorando Coeli (SATB/SATB) Blahnik Alliance Publications E
Rorate Coeli (SATB)
Rorate Caeli (SSAATTBB)
Rorate Coeli (SATB)
Rorate Coeli (SATB/divisi)
Rorate Coeli (SATB)
Rorate Coeli (SATB/divisi)
E.C. Schirmer
Green Bushes Publishing
Rosa Mystica Waddell    
Savior Comes, The (Unison) J. Franck/Hopson Choristers Guild/Lorenz G
Savior of the Nation, Come (SATB) Near Aureole/Morning Star G

Seven Joys of Mary , The (SATB)

King, Stephen

Oxford (X-305)


Songs of Mary (Annunciation)

Brahms, J.

Choral Arts Publishers (FXCX 194)


There Is No Rose (SATB) Higginson St. James Press 4, G
Veni Emmanuel #1 (Four Advent Introits)(SATB) Martinson Oxford 1

Veni, Veni Emmanuel
Veni, Veni Emmanuel (Emmanuel-God With Us)(SATB/divisi)

Kodaly, Zoltan

Boosey & Hawkes (5564)
Colla Voce


Veni Redemptor Gentium (SATB) Handl Paraclete G

Virgin Born, We Bow Before You

Chepponis, James

GIA (G-3296)


Who is the king of Glory

Williamson, M.

Boosey & Hawkes (W 004)


Who Shall Ascend Unto His Hill (SSA)

DiLasso, Orlando

Augsburg (PS 605) *


* Out of Print