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Music: 30 November 
2nd-Dec-2008 11:26 am
I'm way late getting this typed up. I'm going to blame the fact that I'm typing so much I'm starting to experience serious hand hurts.

First Sunday in Advent, so we had some changes in services.

For the morning service, the first Advent candle was light during the opening responses.
We sang 'Of the Father's Heart Begotten' for the introit, which went really well.

The hymns were...well, I left my hymnal at home, so I can't look up the tunes, but one was 'Veni Emmanuel' and one was 'Nettleton' which we sang to words titled 'Sing of Andrew, John's Disciple'. I've always sung that one to 'Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing', so this was an interesting switch. No one seemed to know it, which I found interesting, but I suppose it is a rather American tune.

For the anthem we sang Purcell's 'Rejoice in the Lord' with the three soloists. L, one of my partners in crime at chapel choir, sang the alto solo.

Interestingly, we stuck with the de Angelis inspired dismissal, I would have expected a change.


For Mass, we also lit the first Advent candle, this time right before the service started properly and the schola sang a song in German over it. I don't remember the name, but I do know it contained the words 'leben Advent' in the chorus.

The entry hymn was also 'Veni Emmanuel'. We switched to Mass XVII's Kyrie as well as the Agnus Dei, but continue with the Mass XVIII's Sanctus.

I can't tell you what the other hymn tunes were, not because I don't have that hymnal, but because the Catholic hymnal doesn't list the meter or the hymn tune name, two things I find extremely irritating. The offeratory and post-communion hymns were 'Tell Out My Soul' and 'At the Lamb's High Feast We Sing'.

During Communion, we sang 'Rorate Coeli'. Which went okay, though we did have a bit of trouble staying together for some reason. I think everyone was tired. I know I was after getting up for my hour of vigil at 3:45am.

We did not do 'Ave Regina Caelorum' as expected, apparently we'll add that next week to just before the 'Salve Regina'.

During our robing in the morning, Dr. W congratulated me on getting my PhD, as he thought that was what I'd received on Thursday night. Unfortunately, wishing does not make it so and I still have about 17 months left. However, I was incredibly flattered that he noticed and brought it up. :)
2nd-Dec-2008 12:04 pm (UTC)
Google put up the St Andrew's day logo on Sunday. Did anyone else notice the mistake?
3rd-Dec-2008 06:22 pm (UTC) - Nettleton
Nettleton was certainly new to me when I looked it up. I was interested to see that it appears in Church Hymnary 4 (as the tune for Sing of Andrew, John's disciple), but I think you'll find several American tunes in that collection.

Was your vigil an Advent observance? (if you don't mind me asking; I was just curious). The only vigil we observe as a church is the one from after the Mass on Maundy Thursday to the start of the Liturgy of the pre-sanctified on Good Friday, and the only sessions I've ever signed up for have been not too late on the Thursday evening.

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