Today's Service Music

December 15, 2019

3rd Sunday of Advent

Prelude:   A wonderful piano arrangement by Lloyd Larsen of Gesu Bambino.  This piece by Pietro Alessandro Yon has become a Christmas classic.  Mr. Yon, from a small village in Italy, was second organist at the Vatican before age 21.  Later he immigrated to the US where he enjoyed a famous touring career and was long-time music director at St. Patrick's Cathedral.

 

Anthem:   This week's selection is a medley of The Birthday of a King and Infant Holy, Infant Lowly.  These two songs draw attention to the contrast between the humble manner of Christ's birth and His glory as our heavenly king. 

Offertory:  An organ "trio" on All My Heart, this Night Rejoices.  This trio has the peaceful tune on one manual, a lilting flute accompaniment on the second manual and a moving bass on the pedal board.

Postlude:  In Dulci Jubilo!  You know the tune with the unfortunate translation - Good Christian Men Rejoice.