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Entrance Songs : Note and Advent Introit

Notes taken from the General Instruction of the Roman Missal copyright © 2002 the International Committee on English in the Liturgy (ICEL) in the English translation. Copyright © 2005 Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, in the emendations and editorial arrangement. 46. The rites preceding the Liturgy of the Word, namely the Entrance, Greeting, Penitential Act, Kyrie, Gloria, and Collect, have the character of a beginning, introduction, and preparation. Their purpose is to ensure that the faithful, who come together as one, establish communion and dispose themselves to listen properly to God’s word and to celebrate the Eucharist worthily. In certain celebrations that are combined with Mass according to the norms of the liturgical books, the Introductory Rites are omitted or performed in a particular way. The Entrance Song 47. After the people have gathered, the Entrance chant begins as the priest enters with the deacon and ministers. The purpose of this chant is to open the celebration, foster the unity of those who have been gathered, introduce their thoughts to the mystery of the liturgical season or festivity, and accompany the procession of the priest and ministers. 48. The singing at this time is done either alternately by the choir and the people or in a similar way by the cantor and the people, or entirely by the people, or by the choir alone. In the dioceses...

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The Benedictus

Blest be the Lord the God of Israel: The Canticle of Zechariah A hymn-version of the Benedictus. Words (c) Stephen Smyth from Luke 1 : 67-79. Music (c) Gerry Fitzpatrick.This text also fits the tune ‘Finlandia.’ [audio:benedictus-3.mp3] Blest be the Lord the God of Israel, who came to us and brought us back from sin. God raised for us a Saviour who is mighty; his Saviour-Son from David’s house and line. God promised this through holy men and women who spoke for him down through the mists of time. The Saviour comes to free us from our foes from evil hands, from those who wish us ill. So God’s great love for all his chosen people is thus fulfilled in these our present times. God’s sacred oath, his covenant most holy, is called to mind, his promises made true. God swore his oath to Abraham and Sarah, to give us all our freedom from all fear, to save each one from those who seek to harm them, that we might serve in holiness of life, that we might serve in justice and in truth, our ev’ry day in presence of the Lord. And you, my child, are favoured by the Most High: you shall be called a prophet of our God. You shall go forth as herald from the Lord, and shall prepare the ways on which he comes....

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A Litany of Saints

A Litany of Saints Music (c) Gerry Fitzpatrick The selection of saints made for this Litany includes Our Lady, the angels, holy men and women from scripture, from the early church and from religious orders, but it also includes some saints who have an importance locally in the life of the Church in Scotland, from the 4th century onwards. Any community using the Litany is naturally free to include saints with a particular significance for local circumstances. http://stmungomusic.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/lit-saints.mp3 Lord, have mercy, have mercy. Lord, have mercy, have mercy. Christ, have mercy on us. Christ, have mercy on us Lord, have mercy, have mercy. Lord, have mercy, have mercy. Holy Mary, Mother of God: pray, pray for us St Michael, angels of God: pray, pray for us St John the Baptist, St Joseph: pray, pray for us St Peter and St Paul: pray, pray for us St Andrew and St John: pray, pray for us St Mary Magdalen, St Stephen: pray, pray for us St Ignatius, St Lawrence: pray, pray for us St Elizabeth, St Agnes: pray, pray for us St Augustine, St Martin: pray, pray for us St Benedict, St Gregory: pray, pray for us St Francis, St Dominic: pray, pray for us St Ninian, St Mungo: pray, pray for us St Columba, St Eunan: pray, pray for us St Catherine, St Margaret: pray, pray for us St Teresa,...

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Canticle: Colossians 1:15-20

Canticle from the Letter to the Colossians 1:15-20 Versified and music (c) by Noel S Donnelly http://stmungomusic.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/cant-col-nd.mp3 No-one has seen our God, Christ is God’s image, Christ the first-born of creation, God’s loving purpose! All things were made through him, both seen and unseen: In Christ the fullness – God and creation! Through Christ all creatures are reconciled now (Through the blood shed from his cross of pain) to God the Father. He is the first-born, ris’n from dead! God’s peace established, God’s peace for...

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St Andrew: Great St Andrew

Great St Andrew Words by F Oakeley 1802 -1880 Tune ‘Stuttgart’ probably adapted by C.F. Witt c1660-1716 [audio:gt-st-andrew.mp3] Great Saint Andrew, friend of Jesus, Lover of his glorious cross, early by his voice effective called from ease to pain and loss. Strong Saint Andrew, Simon’s brother, who with haste fraternal flew, Fain with him to share the treasure Which at Jesus’ lips he drew. Blest St Andrew, Jesus’ herald, True Apostle, martyr bold, Who by deed his words confirming Sealed with blood the truth he told. Ne’er to king was crown so beauteous, Ne’er to heart was prize so dear, As to him the cross of Jesus When its promised joys drew near. Loved Saint Andrew, Scotland’s patron, Watch thy land with heedful eye, Rally round the cross of Jesus All her storied chivalry! To the Father, Son and Spirit, Fount of sanctity and love, Give we glory now and ever, With the saints who reign...

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