Friday, December 11, 2009

Rejoice in the Lord Alway

The Introit for Advent III is Gaudete in Domino - "Rejoice in the Lord." Here's a beautiful video of the chant (no indication at the YouTube page about who's singing it):

Here's the full score:

The first part of the text is taken from Philippians 4:4-6 (the Epistle reading for Advent III in both the RCL and BCP lectionaries for Year C):
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

The second half is taken from Psalm 85, Benedixisti Domine: "LORD, You have been favorable to Your land; You have brought back the captivity of Jacob."

I posted about this Introit last year, too - but have since come to realize that there are some very nice polyphonic settings of this text. And also that I really like the English version of the text, so I'm giving it equal time this year; I especially like the older words:

Rejoice in the Lord alway, and again I say, rejoice. Let your softness be known unto all men, the Lord is e'en at hand. Be careful for nothing: but in all prayer and supplication, let you petitions be manifest unto God with giving of thanks. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, keep your hearts and minds
through Christ Jesu. Amen.

Here's one of those settings, for instance; we're singing this this Sunday. It isn't known who the composer was - kind of interesting, that, I think. It's sung by the College of William & Mary Choir, and they do a good job keeping a really brisk pace:

Here's the Choir of King's College, Cambridge, singing Henry Purcell's setting, also called "The Bell Anthem" - and it is gorgeous:

Here's one that isn't really "Gaudete" - but I like it all the same:


Derek the Ænglican said...

Huh... I was crawling around in some old monastic manuscripts this evening and it turns out this text (Gaudete) is also the appointed chapter for the Office of Sext daily throughout Advent.

bls said...

Makes sense. "The Lord is near."

Anonymous said...

As far as the first setting you embedded, I believe the composer is unknown. I think John Rutter and the Cambridge Singers have recorded this.


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