Advent can be a daunting season if we allow
it to take over our spiritual lives as well as our material lives. One
way of getting into the spirit of Advent is to allow the music sung at
liturgy to transport us to a different place as it has the power to
evoke a seasonal mood, a memory, a sensation of peace or even a plea for
Music has the tremendous ability to
impact how we feel: it is a language of its own and expresses and
conveys ideas almost intuitively. This is where film composers excel!
From tender love themes to thrilling action sequences, film composers
shape our response to a film often times without our even being aware of
Hopefully through the efforts of our music
ministry you will sense a change in season as we move into Advent.
Noticeably absent is the singing of the Glory to God. The Gloria is not
sung during Advent in order to heighten our awareness of the hymn when
it returns to our worship at Christmas time. It is an ancient hymn from
the treasury of early Christian hymns first used as a song of praise on
Easter dawn and modeled on the Bible.
The opening hymn at most of the masses
this Advent is the simple mantra “Gift of God” by Marty Haugen. The
assembly sings, “Come to us, O Emmanuel” , while the cantor sings verses
that call upon God to stir us with his presence and to wake us from our
We know that God does so by sending us
the gift of his Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, the Word Incarnate. Let’s
make Advent a prayerful season of reflection and quiet anticipation of
the coming of Jesus at Christmas.
May we, this Advent, take time to slow
down our hectically paced lives to allow Jesus the time and space to
come into our hearts and to dwell within us. Amen. (November 27,