Introits, Gradual, and Alleluia Verses for the Sundays in Advent (1 yr. series)
The Church gathers for Divine Service to receive from the LORD His gifts which give forgiveness of sin, life, and salvation; in response the Church sings praise to the One who saved Her. The Liturgy (work for the people), the orderliness of the Divine Service, prevents the ministers and musicians from only using favorite hymns, songs, and Scripture in every service. The sections of the Liturgy which are repeated every Sunday or Feast Day are called The Ordinary (for example, the Kyrie, Gloria in excelsis). Those parts which change from week to week are The Propers (things proper to a particular Sunday or Feast: the Introit, Gradual, and Verse). One of the primary duties of a liturgical choir is to lead in the proclamation of those sections, which by their nature as changeable from week to week, would not always be practicable for the congregation to sing. These settings of the Propers for the Sundays in Advent (One Year Lectionary) are provided so that the liturgical choir may aid in the proclamation of His Word and sing forth the praise of Her saving LORD.
The performance practice of these settings differ between Introits, Graduals, and Verses. However, within each group the practice remains the same. For the Introits: sing through the entire Antiphon, then chant the verses with the chant provided, and finally, repeat the Antiphon. The chant may be sung in parts or in unison (with or without organ accompaniment); two harmonizations are provided: the usual Soprano Melody, and the Tenor Melody (what some hymnals call a fauxbourdon setting) which can be used in alternation to provide added interest. Further notes on performance are provided on that page. The Graduals (p. 15) are sung as chant, but with a different melody from the Introits. The same practices apply for the chanting of these Graduals. The Alleluia Verse begins with the Alleluia (p. 16). Then the Verse for the Sunday (p. 19) is chanted with the same practices and tune as for the Gradual. Finally, the Alleluia is repeated. May these settings be of service in the liturgical choir’s proclamation of God’s Word and the singing of His praise!
As the title suggests, this collection of works includes Introits, Gradual, and Alleluia Verses for the Sundays in Advent (1 yr. series)