Prepare Your Ears for Christmas Eve #3

To get ready for tonight, listen to this wonderful piece that the choir will be singing: “O Magnum Mysterium” by  Lauridsen:

“O magnum mysterium, et admirabile sacramentum, ut animalia viderent

O great mystery, and wondrous sacrament, that animals should see

Dominum natum, jacentem in praesepio! Beata Virgo, cujus viscera

the newborn Lord lying in a manger!   Blest is the Virgin whose womb

meruerunt portare Dominum Christum. Alleluia!

was worthy to bear the Lord Jesus Christ. Alleluia!”

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Prepare Your Ears for Christmas Eve #2

Check out “Herself a Rose” by Craig Courtney that the choir will be singing tomorrow night. Here are the words:

“Herself a rose, who bore the Rose, she bore the Rose and felt its thorn. All Loveliness newborn took on her bosom its repose, and slept and woke there night and morn.

Lily herself, she bore the one Fair Lily, sweeter, whiter, far than she or others are:

the Sun of Righteousness her Son, she was His morning star.

She gracious, He essential Grace, He was the fountain, she the rill:

Her goodness to fulfill and gladness, with proportioned pace He lead her steps through good and ill.

Christ’s mirror she of grace and love of beauty and of life and death:

by hope and love and faith Transfigured to His Likeness,

‘Dove, Spouse, Sister, Mother,’ Jesus saith.”

Prepare Your Ears for Christmas Eve: #1

Listen to the    Ave Maria  by Franz Bieble and follow along with the words:

Angelus Domini nuntiavit Mariae, et concepti de Spiritu sancto.

The Angel of the Lord brought tidings unto Mary, and she conceived by the Holy Spirit.

Ave Maria, gratia plena Dominus tecum,

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee;

Benedicta tu in mulieribus et benedictus fructus ventris tui, Jesus.

Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.

Maria dixit: Ecce ancilla Domini, fiat mihi secundum verbum tuum.

Mary said: “Behold, the handmaid of the Lord, be it unto me according to thy Word.”

Sancta Maria, mater Dei, ora pro nobis peccatoribus.

Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners,

Nunc et in hora mortis nostrae. Amen.

now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

Sample Our Christmas Eve Music

As always, Mark and the choir are planning some wonderful selections for Thursday night. Here is a sampler for you to prepare for Christmas Eve:

“Ave Maria” by Franz Biebl  (check out this worldwide choir!)

“Herself a Rose” by Craig Courtney (insightful theology set to music, “She gracious, He essential Grace”)

“O Magnum Mysterium” by M. Lauridsen

This lush, meditative music will open your hearts and minds to the deep peace of Christ. Some years, Christmas Eve services emphasize the exuberance of the celebration, but this year through this music we will enter into the awe and majesty of the evening. I hope you will join us.

Litany of Thanksgiving for Completion of the Capital Campaign

Leader: To the glory of God, who called us by grace;

to the honor of Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us;

to the praise of the Holy Spirit,

who illumines and sanctifies us:

People: We give thanks for gifts given

                and for love shared in the Holy Spirit.

Leader: For the worship of God,

for the comfort of those who suffer,

for the unity of the faith in this house

People: We give thanks for what you have given,

                for what you are providing,

                and for what you will do in this place. Amen.