DECEMBER 24, VIGIL OF THE NATIVITY Lectionary #13

Music Suggestions

Choral Anthems

The Vigil readings (used for Masses before the Mass at Midnight) focus on Jesus' connection to the history of Israel.

Isaiah 62:1-5. Preaching to the community after the Babylonian Exile, the prophet 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: 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 contain the praise of God for remaining faithful to the covenant.

Cantaré Eternamente/Forever I Will Sing (Reza) FYC 229/JS 64
For Ever I Will Sing (Alstott) JS 63/BB
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/GC2 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) WC 424

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 “book of the genealogy” 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), who were all non-Jews.


Music Suggestions

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

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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
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
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 (SATB)  Holst, Gustav  Concordia (98-2184)  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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