The Season of Advent and Music
With the liturgical season of Advent approaching, we call to mind some of the signs which will appear in the Church: the Advent wreath, the purple vestments, the rose colored candle and vestments of Gaudete Sunday. Not only are there visual representations of this season of preparation, but there are also musical considerations. The organ, for instance, will not be featured with solo music, but ‘appears’ only if needed, to sustain singing. As the General Instruction on the Roman Liturgy states, “…the celebration of the Eucharist, like the entire Liturgy, is carried out by means of perceptible signs by which the faith is nourished, strengthened and expressed….” Advent is a penitential time of preparation which is reflected in the Sacred Liturgy. This time of preparation cultivates and nurtures the soul so that at Christmas when the flowers return again to abundantly adorn the sanctuary, the candles of the wreath are all lit, the choir rejoices in song, the sound of the organ bursts forth and the Christmas vestments appear, our hearts too, are lifted up, ready to welcome the Christ Child.
Our musical preparations will begin as we learn the Kyrie from Mass VIII, popularly known as the Mass of the Angels [Worship #296].