DECEMBER 24, VIGIL OF CHRISTMAS Lectionary #13

The Vigil readings focus on Jesus' connection to the history of Israel. These readings are used at Mass celebrated on the evening of December 24, either before or after Evening Prayer I of Christmas. These texts may also be used on Christmas Day along with one or another of the three sets of readings for Christmas.

Music Suggestions

Choral Anthems


Music Suggestions

Music Suggestions
Isaiah 62:1-5. Preaching to the community after the Babylonian Exile, the prophet who is called "Third Isaiah" looks at a ruined city and prophesies its glorious resurrection. The cause for hope is that God is bonded to Israel, so that Israel's history is part of God's unfolding plan.
Psalm for Vigil Mass: Ps (88) 89
Though the whole psalm is a royal lament, in which the king speaks for the people, the passages we sing at the Vigil announce the praise of God for remaining faithful to the covenant.
Cantaré Eternamente (Martínez)  FYC 228/Una Voz 202
Cantaré Eternamente/For Ever I Will Sing, estrofas 1, 2, 3 (Reza)  FYC 229
Cantaré Eternamente/For Ever I Will Sing (Reza)   JS 64
For Ever I Will Sing (Alstott)   JS 63
For Ever I Will Sing (Carroll/Gelineau)  WOR 778/RS 119/LPGG 778/SS
For Ever I Will Sing (della Picca)   PRM B5/PMB 566/WS
For Ever I Will Sing (Foley) PCY7 29
For Ever I Will Sing (Guimont)   GC 953/RS 117/LPMG 13
For Ever I Will Sing (Haugen)  PCY2 27/GC 82/GC 49/CBW 448/RS 118/SS
For Ever I Will Sing (Hughes)  CCS 2027          
For Ever I Will Sing (Hunstiger)   SS
For Ever I Will Sing (Kogut) PCY10 41
For Ever I Will Sing (Kreutz)    PMB 157/WC 423/WS
For Ever I Will Sing (Ridge) GP 226
For Ever I Will Sing (Schiavone)   LP 20/JS 890
For Ever I Will Sing (Schoenbachler)  GP 227
For Ever I Will Sing (Somerville)  CBW 27
For Ever I Will Sing (Twynham)  CCS 2022 
Forever Will I Sing (Bolduc)   WS
I Will Sing For Ever   PSL B-11/SS
Acts 13:16-17, 22-25. Preaching to a Jewish congregation, Paul summarizes the Christian teaching that Jesus was part of God's plan for Israel and was a descendant of David.
Matthew 1:1-25. The "family record" of Jesus Christ connects him to all of Israelite history, schematized in three groups. It also connects Jesus to non-Israelite history through the women (other than Mary) included in this list, who were all non-Jews.

[For other songs for the liturgy, see suggestions for the Solemnity of Christmas.]

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Choral Anthems

Title of Anthem, Voicing & Instrumentation Composer/arranger/editor Publisher & edition #  
All My Heart This Night Rejoices (SATB, 2 Treble instruments, Keyboard)  Ebeling, Johann Georg  Concordia (97-537)  G
All the Earth is Waiting (SSA) Taule/Gunderson Concordia (Logia) (98-3233) C
All the Way from Nazareth 9SATB, Organ)  Van Hulse, Camil  AMSI (199)  G
Almighty God, Which Hast Me Brought Ford, T. CPDL G
And the Glory of the Lord from “Messiah” (SAB, SATB, keyboard or orchestra) Handel, George F. Various editions C
Angelus Ad Pastores Ait (3 equal voices, Latin)  Monteverdi, Claudio  Mercury (#24)  G
Angelus Ad Pastores Ait (SATB, English/Latin)   Hassler, Hans Leo/Harris, Roy
Hassler, Hans Leo
Hassler, Hans Leo/Richter, Clifford
Hassler, Hans Leo 
Hassler, Hans Leo 
G. Schirmer (8860)
Walton (6002)
Associated (A-405)
E.C. Schirmer (ECS 7978)
CPDL
G
Angelus Ad Pastores Ait (SATBB, English/Latin)  Lasso, Orlando di/Cramer, John  Marks (4298)  G
Angelus Ad Pastores Ait (SSAATB/TTTBBB, Latin)  Gabrieli, Giovanni/Winter, Paul  C.F. Peters (5930)  G
Angelus Ad Pastores Ait 9SSATB, keyboard, Latin)  Sweelinck, J.P.  St. Mary’s Press  G
Babe Is Born, A (SATB, Organ, or Piano duet)  Mathias, William H.  Oxford (3430231)  G
Before the Marvel of This Night (SATB, Organ)  Schalk, Carl  Augsburg (0800646037)  G
Behold! A Virgin Shall Be with Child (SATB) LaMontaine, John H.W. Gray (CMR-2374) G
Behold, I Bring You Good Tidings (SATTB)  Victoria, Tomas Luis  Novello (90)  G
Blessed Is the People (SATB) Wiscomb, Jeff Boston Music (13935) PS
Boy Was Born, A (SATB)  Britten, Benjamin  Oxford (X92)  G
Cantate Domino (SATB, Latin)  Berger, Jean  Concordia (98-1557)  P
Cantate Domino (SATB)  Croce, Giovanni  Arista (AE 199)  P
Cantate Domino Cruger CPDL P
Cantate Domine (SSATTB, English/Latin)  Gabrieli, Giovanni/Schnee/Karl-Heinz  Walton (6048)  P
Cantate Domino (SATB, English/German)  Hassler, Hans Leo    Hanssler (HE1.125)  P
Cantate Domino (SATB, English/Latin)  Hassler, Hans Leo    E.C. Schirmer (2979)  P
Cantate Domino (SSA, English/Latin)  Hassler, Hans Leo    E.C. Schirmer (821)  P
Cantate Domino (SATB, English/Latin)  Hassler, Hans Leo    J.W. Chester (JWC 55107)  P
Cantate Domino (TTBB, English/Latin)  Hassler, Hans Leo    E.C. Schirmer (68)  P
Cantate Domino Hassler, Hans Leo CPDL P
Cantate Domino Pitoni CPDL P
Cantate Domino (SSATB, organ, Latin/English)  Sweelinck, J.P./Colton, Donald  Concordia (98-1937)  P
Cantate Domino (SSATB, organ, Latin/English)  Sweelinck, J. P./Ehret, Walter  Walton (6029)  P
Cantate Domino (SSATB, organ, Latin/English)  Sweelinck, J.P./Klein, Maynard  G. Schirmer (12102)  P
Cantate Domino (SATB, organ Latin/English)  Viadana, Lodovico/Cramer, John  Marks (4291)  P
Child Is Born, A (SATB)  Nestor, Leo  E.C. Schirmer (4389)  G
Christmas (Unison, narration, Orff Inst. & Speech Choir)  Maeker, Nancy  Augsburg (11-3504)  G
Christmas Night (SAT)  Rutter, John  )xford (84.316)  G
Christmas Procession (2-part mixed, 4 Handbells)  Proulx, Richard  GIA (G-1708)  G
Christmas Story, The (SATB, Narrator, keyboard)  Billings, William/Van Camp, Leonard  Concordia (97-5258)  G
For Unto Us A Child Is Born (SAB, Soprano, Alto, Bass soli, 2 violins, continuo, English/German)  Krieger, J. P.  Concordia (97-4692) 1
For Unto Us A Child Is Born from “Messiah” (SAB, SATB, keyboard or orchestra)  Händel, G. F.  Various Editions  1
From Heaven Above (SSB, Organ)  Schein, Johann H.  GIA (G-300)  G
From Heaven Above from “Christmas Oratorio”  (SATB, Keyboard)  Bach, Johann Sebastian  Bärenreiter (BA 5014.90)  G
From Heaven Above to Earth I Come (S(S)ATB, Solo, 2 Treble instruments, opt. strings, Keyboard)  Burkhardt, Michael  MorningStar (MSM 50-1040) G
From Heaven Above to Earth I Come (SSATB, Keyboard)  Bach, Johann Sebastian  Augsburg (080065854X)  G
Gloria in excelsis Deo (SATB)  Bach, Johann Sebastian  Augsburg (080065854X)  G
Gloria in excelsis Deo from “Christmas Cantata”  (SATB, Organ, 2 Trumpets, 2 Trombones)  Pinkham, Daniel  Robert King (602)  G
Gloria, Op. 52 (TTBB & Organ)  Mathias, William  Oxford (A-285)  G
Glory to God (SAB, SATB, organ or keyboard or orchestra)  Händel, G. F.  Various editions  G
Glory to God (SATB, Junior Choir, organ)  Powell, Robert J.  Abingdon (APM 585)  G
Glory to God (SSATTB, Continuo)  Schütz, Heinreich/Ehret, Walter  Abingdon (APM-416)  G
Glory to God in the Highest (SAB, Organ/Piano)  Corelli, Arcangelo/Stone, Benjamin  Boston Music (13895)  G
Glory to God in the Highest (SATB)  Thompson, Randall  E.C. Schirmer (2470)  G
Glory to God in the Highest (SATB, Organ) 
(SATB, Organ) 
(SATB, Organ) 
(SAB, Keyboard) 
Pergolesi, G.B./Barnes
Pergolesi, G.B./Riegger, Wallingford
Pergolesi, G.B./Novello, Vincent
Pergolesi, G.B. 
Ditson (322.14507)
Flammer (84265)
Plymouth
Lorenz (9658) 
G
Glory to God in the Highest (SATB/TBB, Piano or Organ)  Distler, Hugh/Ehret, Walter  Flammer (A-5571)  G
Glory to God in the Highest (SATB/TTB, Organ)  Hammerschmidt, Andraes/Hellmann, D.  C.F. Peters (66305)  G
Glory to God in the Highest (SSA)  Distler, Hugo  Concordia (97-4846)  G
Glory to God in the Highest (SSATB/TTB, keyboard)  Distler, Hugo/Oberdoerffer, Fritz  Concordia (98-1811)  G
Good Christian Friends Rejoice (SATB/divisi) Bedford St. James Press G
Go Tell It on the Mountain (SATB)  Spiritual, arr. by Paul Sjolund  Hinshaw (HMC 543)  G
God Sent Forth His Son (SATB, Organ)  Gibbs, Allen O.  Abingdon (APM-966) 2, G
He Whom Joyous Shepherds (SAB) Near Aureole/MSM AE019  
Hodie Christus Natus Est (SATB, keyboard)  Bedford, Michael  Choristers Guild (CGA- ) P
Hodie Christus Natus Est (SATB, Organ, Latin/English)  Aston, Peter  Novello (MW 44)  P, G
Hodie Christus Natus Est (SB)  Gumpeltzheimer, Adam/Tortolano, William  GIA (G-5270)  P, G
Hodie Christus Natus Est Marenzio CPDL G
Hodie Christus Natus Est Palestrina CPDL G
Hodie Christus Natus Est (SSATB)  Sweelinck, J. P. 
Sweelinck, J. P. 
Novello (290162) 
CPDL
P, G
Hodie Christus Natus Est (SSATTB)  Schütz, Heinreich  G. Schirmer (HL 50318390)  P, G
Hodie Christus Natus Est (Unison/ 2-part, keyboard)  Bedford, Michael  Choristers Guild (CGA-421) P, G
Hodie Christus Natus Est (SATB, keyboard)  Bedford, Michael  Choristers Guild (CGA- ) G
Hodie Christus Natus Est from “Ten Venetian Motets” (SSA/SATB, Latin)  Bassano, Giovanni  Oxford  P, G
Hodie! Emmanuel! Gloria! (SATB, percussion)  Price, Milburn  Hinshaw (HMC-157)  G
In Excelsis Gloria (SATB)  Mathias, William H.  Oxford (343168)  G
In Every Place Incense Shall be Offered Up (SATB, Organ)
West, John E. Novello (619) 1
It Came Upon the Midnight Clear  (SAB, Cong., Organ, Trumpet)  Willis, Richard S./arr. Proulx, Richard  GIA (G-4323)  G
It Came Upon the Midnight Clear  (SATB, Cong., String Quartet, Organ)  Willis, Richard S./arr. Powell, Robert J.  GIA (G-2534)  G
Jesu, Thou the Virgin Born from 4 Old English Carols #3 (SATB) Holst CPDL  
Jubilant Gloria, A (2-part, keyboard)  Lightfoot, Mary Lynn  Heritage Music (15/1795H)  G
Laetentur Caeli (SATB, Latin)  Hassler, Hans Leo  J.W. Chester (JWC 55017) P
Laetentur Caeli (SSA, Organ, Latin)  Pinkham, Daniel  C.F. Peters (66709)  P
Let the Whole Earth Stand in Awe (SAB)  Händel, G.F.  Concordia (98-2473)  P
Lo, How a Rose (SATB)
Lo, How a Rose (SATB)
Neswick
von Herzogenberger
St. James Press
St. James Press
G
Lo, the Angel Said to the Shepherds (SATTBB, organ ad. lib.)  Gabrieli, Andrea/Agey, C. Buell  G. Schirmer (10865)  G
Lord Said to Me, The (SATB, Organ, 2 Trumpets, 2 Trombones & Timpani)  Ferris, William  GIA (G-1389) E
O Beloved Shepherds (SATB, 2 Violins, Continuo, English/German)  Hammerschmidt, Andraes  Concordia (97-5395)  G
O magnum mysterium (SATB)  Poulenc, Francis  Salabert (12525)  G
O magnum mysterium (SATB) Poulenc, Francis Salabert (12525) G
O magnum mysterium Handl CPDL G
O magnum mysterium (SATB) Victoria, Tomás Luis de
Victoria, Tomás Luis de
G. Schirmer (10193)
CPDL
G
O magnum mysterium (Unison, Organ)  Near, Gerald  Kalmus (6003)  G
O magnum mysterium from “Christmas Cantata”  (SATB, Organ, 2 Trumpets, 2 Trombones)  Pinkham, Daniel  Robert King (602)  G
O Sing Unto the Lord a New Song (SATB)  Bender, Jan  Concordia (98-1876)  P
O Sing Unto the Lord a New Song (SATB, Organ, strings)  Purcell, Henry  Novello (29.0146.03)  P
O Sing Unto the Lord a New Song from “Six Easy 3-Part Anthems” (SAB, opt. Organ)  Morley, Thomas/Greening, Anthony  RSMC  P
O Sing Unto the Lord, Op. 29 (SATB, Organ)  Mathias, William  Oxford (A-228)  P
People Who Walked in Darkness, The (SAB)  Gieseke, Richard W.  Concordia (97-5481)  1
Prepare the Way! (SAB or SATB, Organ) Brandon, George Concordia (98-2269) * 1
Puer Natus Est Nobis (SAB, Latin, English)  Morales, Cristobal/Stone, Kurt  Broude Brothers (BB 4071) 1
Quem vidistis pastores from “Christmas Cantata”  (SATB, Organ, 2 Trumpets, 2 Trombones)  Pinkham, Daniel  Robert King (602)  G
Savior of the World is Born, The from 4 Old English Carols #4 (SATB)  Holst, Gustav  Concordia (98-2184), CPDL G
Shepherds Awake (Unison)  Jothen, Michael  Choristers Guild (CGA 234)  G
Shiru L’adonai (SATB, Organ, Percussion, Hebrew)  Gottlieb, Jack  Presser (312-40774)  P
Sing a New Song (SATB)  Kreutz, Robert  Summy-Birchard (5256)  P
Sing a New Song (Unison children, Oboe, Piano or Organ)  Watson, Walter  Lusqif (C-1163)  P
Sing to the Lord a New Song (SATB & Children’s Choir)  Scott  Concordia (98-3124)  P
Sing to the Lord Now, All the ends… (SATB)  Schütz, Heinreich  Concordia (97-4880)  P
Singet dem Herr nein neues Lied (SATB/SATB, German)  Pachelbel, Johann  Hanssler (HE1.008)  P
There Were Shepherds (SATB, keyboard)  (SSAATB/TTTBBB, 2 pianos)  Wyton, Alec Wyton, Alec/Klein, Maynard  Flammer (A 5243) J. Fischer (7863)  G
To Us A Child Is Born (SATB, organ)  Schütz, Heinrich/Wunderlich, R.E.  Concordia (98-1494)  1
Unto Us A Child Is Born (SATB/SATB)  Franck, Melchior/Ehret, Walter  Shawnee (A-1522)  1
Unto Us A Child Is Born from “We Praise Thee,” Vol. 1 (SSA)  Willan, Healey  Concordia (97-7564)  1
Verbum caro factum est (SAB or TTB, Latin/English)
(SSATTB, Latin)
(SSATTB, Latin)
Hassler, Hans Leo/Wilhelm, Roger
Hassler, Hans Leo
Hassler, Hans Leo
Hassler, Hans Leo
Mark Foster (MF 129)
Arista (AE 289)
Tetra/A. Broude (AB-140-9)
CPDL
C
Verbum caro factum est (SAB, Latin/English)  Morales, Cristobal/Stone, Kurt  Broude Brothers (BB 4071)  C
Verbum caro factum est (SATB)  15th Century English Carol/ed. Proulx, R.  GIA (G-4158)  C
Virgin’s Slumber Song, The (SSA, Keyboard)  Reger, Max  G. Schirmer (HL50482659)  G
Wake, O Shepherds (Unison, Keyboard, C instrument)  Rameau, Jean Phillippe/ed. Nelson, Ronald A  Augsburg (0800675967)  G
Word Became Flesh, The (SA & Keyboard)  Willan, Healey  Concordia (97-7160)  C
Word Became Flesh, The (Unison or SA & Keyboard)  Rohlig, Harald  Concordia (97-5165)  C
Your Love, O Lord, Forever Will I Sing (SATB, Organ) Hallock, Peter GIA (G-2078) PS

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