Advent, a season of spiritual preparation, and our music
The liturgical season of Advent marks a new season in the calendar, and the beginning of the liturgical year. Our music reflects this change in season, as we lift our voices during its four weeks in spiritual preparation for the Nativity of Jesus at Christmas.
During this time, as expected, the Gloria is not present in our liturgy. Nor do we sing any Christmas songs during Advent, instead singing music that reflects our anticipation of and preparation for the Savior’s first coming. We will wait four weeks before again singing the Gloria, which is the song of the angels, Gloria in Excelsis Deo—heaven’s response to the glorious birth of Jesus.
Our Good Shepherd Catholic Parish community will also reflect this spiritual preparation for Christ’s coming by singing specific Advent invocations, in place of the Confiteor, before each phrase of the Kyrie. This liturgical change is one of three options for the penitential rite, which we have chosen at this time to emphasize the change in season and direct our thoughts to this sense of waiting, anticipation and preparation. We invite you to listen to these three invocations, and join us in singing as our music ministers’ lead these musical prayers for Advent:
We praise you, O Lord, Dawn from on high: Lord have mercy.
We praise, you, O Lord, Alpha and Omega: Christ, have mercy.
We praise you, O Lord, Emmanuel: Lord, have mercy.
-By Trent Barry,
Parish Administrator of Music Ministry