We have been singing hymns at the start of Mass ever since the vernacular liturgy was introduced after the 2nd Vatican Council, and they often serve us well.  However, the first choice in the Missal is the Introit or Entry Song with the text taken from scripture.  These have the advantage of focusing attention on one of the themes of the celebration and they are relatively short.  They have the disadvantage of not yet being well known and the only way got turn the disadvantage into an advantage is too learn them.  Many of them share a setting of the Glory to the Father which means a repertoire can be more easily  built up. Many also are based on a Gospel Acclamation such as ‘Prepare ye the way.’

Introits or Entry Songs for Advent

The Entry Song or Introit for the 1st Sunday of Advent  is taken from Psalm 24: 1-3: To you I lift up my soul, O my God.

Here is a setting for the 1st Sunday taken from the ICEL Psalter:

I lift my soul to you, I trust you, Lord my God.
No-one who waits on you will ever be put to shame.
Teach me how to live, Lord, show me the way,
steer me towards your truth, you, my saving Lord, you my constant hope.
I lift my soul to you, I trust you, Lord my God.
No-one who waits on you will ever be put to shame.

 

Another simpler Advent Introit (taken from one of the Gospel verses) is:

Prepare ye the way, prepare ye the way, prepare ye the way of the Lord.
Glory to the Father, glory to the Son, glory to the Holy Spirit now and for ever.Amen.
Prepare ye the way, prepare ye the way, prepare ye the way of the Lord.

 

Another Entry Song uses  lines from Jeremiah (and other prophets) and the Apocalypse:

See the days are coming, it is the Lord who speaks.
See the days are coming, the Kingdom is near.
I know your past and the hardships you endure,
and yet I must warn you ‘your love is diminishing,’
I know the poor, how your sufferings are great
Keep strong in faith, your crown of faith is waiting.
See the days are coming, it is the Lord who speaks.
See the days are coming, the Kingdom is near.

 

Graphics (c) Netta Ewing.  Recordings by the St Mungo Singers.
I lift my soul: words from Psalm 24 (c) the ICEL Psalter.
Prepare ye: music (c) Kevin Mayhew.
See the days: music (c) Kevin Mayhew.
Music Gerry Fitzpatrick.