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 338
Let the Lord Enter (Alstott) JS 25
Let the Lord Enter (Guimont) GC2 897/LPMG 10
Let the Lord Enter (Janco) PRM A4/PMB 563
Let the Lord Enter (Proulx/Gelineau) LPGG 775/WOR 775
Let the Lord Enter (Schiavone) LP 17/JS 887
Let the Lord Enter (Smith/Murray) 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) GC 787/RS 897
Ave Maria‑‑Latin/English BB-MI 696,701,703/LMGM 95/LMGM2 733/GC 785, 789/GC2 772, 774/G3 887,891/GP3 369/JS 493, 504/JS3 483,486/RS 896, 898/GP 429/OFUV 526/OIF 908/PMB 532/SS 950/WC 998/WOR 713/WOR4 902
Awake! Awake, and Greet the New Morn (G) GC 351/G3 423/CBW 303/RS 494/SS 677/WC 495/WS 412/WOR 360/WOR4 406
Behold a Virgin Bearing Him (1,G) OIF 373/PMB 203/WC 514/WS 438
Come, Emmanuel (1) OIF 358/PMB 192/WC 508/WS 408
*Emmanuel (1) BB 56/JS3 299/OIF 357/PMB 193/SPS 140/WC 494/WS 419
God of Adam, God of Joseph (G) GC 870/RS 960/JS 361JS3 326
Hail Mary (1,G) BB-MI 701/LMGM 98/GC2 772, 779/G3 891/JS3 485/OFUV 526/OIF 913,927/PMB 528/RS 896/WC 1000,1004/WS 811
Hail Mary: Gentle Woman (1,G) BB-MI 792/GP 426/GP3 372/GC 782/GC2 779/G3 889/JS 739/ JS3 481/OFUV 521/OIF 913/PMB 489/SPS 305/WC 1000/WS 813
Immaculate Mary (1,G) BB 196/CBW 463/ GC 790/GC2 783/G3 886/GP 430/GP3 370/JS 535/JS3 512/LMGM 99/LMGM2 732/OFUV 553/OIF 909/PMB 530/RS 890/WC1005/WS 816/WOR 708/WOR4 893
Joy to You (1,G) PMB 526
*Let the King of Glory Come (Ps) BB 61/GP 299/GP3 225/JS 320/JS3 285
*Lift Up Your Heads (Ps) BB 70/GC2 341/JS 330/JS3 286/OIF 885/PMB 515/WC 977/WOR 363
Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming (1,G) BB 91/ GC 368/GC2 373/G3 451/GP 320/GP3 246/JS 338/JS3 302/LMGM 24/LMGM2 263/OFUV 400/OIF 390/PMB 210/WC 526/WS 445/WOR 374/WOR4 438
Magnificat/Canticle of Mary (2) BB-MI 690,816,817,818,835/WC 208, 223, 456, 458, 845/ 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/G3 101,630,892/GP3 112/207,208,209,210,373.375,379/CBW 14I, 575, 674, 675, 676, 677, 678/JS 11, 119, 120, 495, 501, 503, 505/JS3 11,120,121,474,480,487/LMGM2 689/OIF 303/PMB 9, 180, 181/PSL A-225/SS 371,955/WOR 15,87,88,534,553/ WC 488/WOR4 124,613
My Soul in Stillness Waits (1) GC 328/GC2 336/G3 415/RS 495/SS 646
O Come, O Come, Emmanuel (1) BB 38/CBW 312/GC 317/GC2 323/G3 395/GP 293/GP3 228/LMGM 3/LMGM2 231/JS 311/JS3 274/RS 493/OFUV 349/OIF 345/PMB 184/WC 496/WS 415/SS 652/WOR 357/WOR4 386
O Holy Mary (1,G) MI‑BB/JS 494/JS3 511
Priestly People, v 2 (G) OIF 669/PMB 383/WC 786/WS 637
Savior of the Nations, Come (G) GC 334/GC2 348/G3 421/JS 321/OIF 343/RS 480/WC 503/WOR 372/WOR4 388
See How the Virgin Waits (1,G) BB 45/JS 331/OFUV 367
Sing of Mary (1,G) BB-MI 698/GC 783/GC2 778/G3 457/GP 432/GP3 380/LMGM 100/LMGM2 271/JS 490/JS3 472/OFUV 532/OIF 926/PMB 538/WC 1009/WS 817/WOR 404/WOR4 444
The Angel Gabriel from Heaven Came (1,G) BB 42/CBW 316/GP 441/GP3 378/WOR 695/WOR4 875
The Coming of Our God (1) PMB 191
The God Whom Earth and Sea and Sky (1,G) CBW 464/JS 514/JS3 493/WOR 405/WOR4 447
*The King of Glory (1,Ps) BB-MI 725/GP 423/GP3 368/GC 486/GC2 494/G3 572/JS 487/JS3 470/LMGM2 341/OFUV 514/OIF 640/RS 628/WC 763/WS 614/WOR 501/WOR4 565
The King Shall Come  SPS 143


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
Advent Supplication (SATB) Hopson Morning Star Music G
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 (SSATTB)
Ave Maria (SATB)
Ave Maria (SATB)
Ave Maria (unison)
Ave Maria (SATB)
Ave Maria (SSAATTBB)
Ave Maria (SATB)
Ave Maria (SATB)
Ave Maria (SATB)

Arcadelt, Jacob
Biebl, Franz

Arista AD527
OCP/Trinitas 4547
Morning Star Music
E.C. Schurmer
H. W. Gray
GIA (G-1528)
Hinshaw (HMC-1255)
EC Schurmer/MSM 4729


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 (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
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 All Mortal Flesh (SATB)
Let All Mortal Flesh (SATB)
Let All Mortal Flesh (SATB)
Davis, Katherine K. (arr.)
Belwin Mills (64176)
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 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)
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/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