MUSIC AND LITURGY


DECEMBER 21, 2014: THE FOURTH SUNDAY OF ADVENT

In our gospel this Sunday, the angel Gabriel announces to Mary that she will be the mother of Jesus. This appearance of Gabriel has been the inspiration for a lot of music, not the least of which is the hymn “The Angel Gabriel.”  A traditional melody from the Basque region, the hymn will be heard in a setting by Malcolm Archer at 9:00 am and a setting by William Llewellyn at 11:00 am. Our offertory at 11:00 will be the “Ave Maria” of Franz Biebl. This piece was brought to America from the composer’s native Germany by the Cornell University Glee Club in 1970, and it was later made famous by Chanticleer, a professional a capella group.

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