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.