Es ist ein Ros entsprungen
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Today is not only Sunday, but it is also the first day of Advent. This year I’m giving myself a break — I’m not attempting to find “true” Advent music, so you will see Christmas as well as Advent music for the next four Sundays. (And no, I’m not posting daily as I’ve done in the past.) I am not featuring only virtual choirs either, as I’m not at all sure I could find enough for so many posts. This first one, though, does show the singers more distanced than the norm. It was premiered on November 1, 2020.

Giovanni Gabrieli: O Magnum Mysterium
Sofia Vokalensemble

Lyrics:
O magnum mysterium,
et admirabile sacramentum,
ut animalia viderent Dominum natum,
iacentem in praesepio!
Beata Virgo, cujus viscera
meruerunt portare
Dominum Iesum Christum.
Alleluia!

Translation:
O great mystery,
and wonderful sacrament,
that animals should see the new-born Lord,
lying in a manger!
Blessed is the Virgin
whose womb was worthy to bear Christ the Lord.
Alleluia!

Greg Gilpin: For the Beauty of the Earth.
Virtual Choir including Grand Cities Children’s Choir and more; Greg Gilpin, Conductor

Kari Cruver Medina: We Thank Thee
Sung by Graveyard Girls (dir. Lauren Kastanas), Mägi Ensemble (dir. Heather MacLaughlin Garbes), Sound City Singers (dir. Johanna Olson), and Radiance (dir. Markdavin Obenza)

Caroline Shaw: “and the swallow” (based on Psalm 84)
Radiance Choir

How beloved is your dwelling place,
o lord of hosts,
my soul yearns, faints,
my heart and my flesh cry out.

The sparrow found a house,
and the swallow her nest,
where she may raise her young.

They pass through the Valley of Bakka,
they make it a place of springs;
the autumn also covers it with pools.

Matthieu LaTreille: Come, My Way, My Truth, My Life
Virtual Choir & String Ensemble

(Many thanks to Ron Kelly for bringing this video to my attention.)

From the YouTube Page:
I composed this work to celebrate the bicentennial anniversary of St. Thomas’ Anglican Church in Belleville, Ontario, Canada in 2018. It is based on a sacred poem by George Herbert (1633).

Come, my Way, my Truth, my Life:
Such a Way, as gives us breath:
Such a Truth, as ends all strife:
Such a Life, as killeth death.

Come, My Light, my Feast, my Strength:
Such a Light, as shows a feast:
Such a Feast, as mends in length:
Such a Strength, as makes his guest.

Come, my Joy, my Love, my Heart:
Such a Joy, as none can move:
Such a Love, as none can part:
Such a Heart, as joys in love.

Owain Park: Night Prayer
The Gesualdo Six

To Thee before the close of day,
Creator of the world, we pray
That, with Thy wonted favour, Thou
Wouldst be our guard and keeper now.

From all ill dreams defend our sight,
From fears and terrors of the night;
Withhold from us our ghostly foe,
That spot of sin we may not know.

O Father, that we ask be done,
Through Jesus Christ, Thine only Son,
Who, with the Holy Ghost and Thee,
Doth live and reign eternally.

Amen.

Gibbons: Hosanna to the Son of David
The Gesualdo Six and the Sixth Form Choristers of Truro Cathedral Choir

J. S. Bach: Jesus bleibet meine Freude
CONSORT SW1; Richard McVeigh, Director and Organist

Our God, Our Help in Ages Past
Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church Choir