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Advent: Candle lighting

Date: Sat, 28 Oct 1995 18:37:41 -0400
From: MJBein(a)
Subject: advent candle lighting

A quick collection of responses. Thanks for your help.

-"Carol of the Advent" OXFORD BOOK OF CAROLS #133
-"O Gracious Light" from the service of evening prayer(Episcopal)changing
"setting sun" to "rising sun" and "vesper light" to "morning light." 4
settings of the text are in the Episcopal Hymnal. S27, S 59, S60, S 61 and
hymns #53-76)
-"A Voice Cries Out" Michael Joncas 1995 BREAKING BREAD, Oregon Catholic
-"Light the Candle" Carl Schalk MorningStar Publishers
-"Let My Prayer Come Up" Peter Hallock SATB, unison choir, handbells, and
organ published by Ionian Arts
-"Let There be Light" Alan Wilson from CAROLS OLD AND NEW vol. 1 published by
Josef Weinberger Ltd. (Boosey in USA)
-"Eternal Light" Sowerby published by Fitzsimmons(Intrada)
Hymns such as "O Gladsome Light" or any other setting of "Phos Hilaron"
-"Let Your Light so Shine"-Thomas Whythorne Augsburg Press
-great "O" Antiphons for Advent published by St. Mary's Wantage
-"Advent Canon" Thomas Albert-not published but he can be reached at
-"Light One Candle" Natalie Sleeth SUNDAY SONG BOOK published by Hinshaw
"O Come, O Come Emmanuel" Vs. 1 first week and adding a verse each Sunday and
Christmas Eve
-six parts of Bach CHRISTMAS ORATORIO-4 Sundays in Advent and 2 Sundays after
-"Matin Reponsory" (English text, plainsong tone, faux bourdons by
Palestrina) CAROLS FOR CHOIRS II Oxford University Press
-"Let All Moral Flesh" "Picardy" adding one verse each Sunday

There were a couple others suggestions from hymals but I had trouble
determing what hymnal so those are not included!!!

Thanks to everyone for your contributions. Sorry for the delay in posting
the collection. On top of the full time church job and private students, I
am starting rehearsals for the big community MESSIAH and finishing the
musical direction for LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS. That has to be my oddest
musical juxtaposition to date.


Marti Bein
on May 8, 2002 10:00pm
Felix Mendelssohn, "Come O Long Awaited Saviour," National Music Publishers CH-33, adapted from quartet "In Hac Mensa" from the cantata "Lauda Sion." English text adapted from the Wesley Hymn. SATB, piano (reduction); easy to moderate difficulty.
Larry Minton
Heritage Singers of Fullerton EV Free Church
on August 18, 2002 10:00pm
Here are some more suggestions:

Holst's setting of "Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence"

Of course, "And the Glory of the Lord" and "O Thou that Tellest" from Messiah

If you have a talented enough choir, Brahms op. 74, #1 "O Heiland Reiss, die Himmel auf (O Saviour Rend the Heavens Wide)

A chorus from Mendelssohn's St. Paul "Sleepers, wake" (Wachet Auf)

And "There Shall a Star" from Christus by Mendelssohn

Fred Irwin
Director of Choirs, Nassau College, Garden City, NY
Director of Music, First Presbyterian Church, Cranford, NJ
on August 18, 2002 10:00pm
Here are a couple suggestions for good advent anthems/motets:

Hovland: Glory of the Father (first section as an introit, all as an anthem when Advent Scripture from John is used)

Ferguson: Comfort, Comfort Now my People (a capella w/instrumental ritornello) very lively and rhythmic

Anthems used for Palm Sunday can work as well, such as Mathias: Lift Up Your Heads, O ye Gates, or other Psalm 24 settings.

Jack Schrader's arrangement of "Soon and Very Soon" is a nice setting.