Christmas Eve Concert and Midnight Mass 2005 Program of Music

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The Musicians
Fr. Robert Koopmann OSB - Organist and Music Director
Saint John's Abbey Schola and The St. John's Boys' Choir 
Mr. Jeremy Manternach, Prof. Axel Theimer DMA, 
Br. Paul Richards OSB, Fr. Anthony Ruff OSB - Conductors
The St. John's Boys' Choir Recorder Ensemble 
Ann Oleksowicz - Pianist and Recorder Director
The Collegeville Christmas Strings 
Dr. David Arnott - Viola/Conductor

Music Program for 2005

00:00:15 — Overture from The Messiah (strings), G.F. Handel (1685-1759).

00:05:15 — Tant que vivray (recorders), Claudin De Sermisy (ca 1490-1562). Rompeltier, Jacob Obrecht (1450/1-1505). Gathering Peascods, Playford (1651; arr. Bernard Thomas).

00:08:35 — Allegro-Allegro from Christmas Concerto (Concerto grosso nr. 8; strings and organ), Archangelo Corelli (1653-1713).

00:15:20 — Ave Maria (schola), Gregorian Chant and Tomas Luis de Vittoria (ca 1548-1611).

00:19:00 — Gesu Bambino (schola and violin), Pietro Yon (1886-1943); F.H. Martens, tr.

00:24:55 — Dona Nobis Pacem (boys), ad libitum

00:27:30 — Exultate Justi (boys), Ludovico Grossi da Viadana (ca 1560-1627).

00:30:10 — Adiemus (from Songs of Sanctuary; boys), Karl Jenkins.

00:34:35 — African Noel (boys), traditional African carol, arranged by Victor Johnson.

00:36:35 — All stand and sing the carol, The First Noel (organ), Christmas Carols, Ancient and Modern (1833), ed. William Sandys (1792-1874).

00:38:45 — What is this Lovely Fragrance? (boys and schola), arr. Healey Willan (1880-1968).

00:43:00 — Hodie Christus natus est (double choir of boys, women and schola), Giovanni da Palestrina (1514-1594).

00:46:00 — All stand and sing the hymn, Angels We Have Heard On High (organ), Traditional French carol (Les Anges dans nos Campagnes).

00:48:20 — O Holy Night (organ), Adolphe-Charles Adam (1803-1856), Dr. Axel Theimer - Baritone soloist.

Midnight Mass

The Mass is offered for the benefactors and friends of Saint John's Abbey.

Entrance and Gloria
All rise to greet Abbot John, the concelebrants, the monks and the choirs. Then, at the foot of the altar, in a darkened church, before the congregation's hymn, the monks intone the Introit for Midnight Mass:

00:52:50 — Dóminus díxit ad me: Fílius méus es tu, égo hódie génui te (cantors), Psalm 2: 7, 1; Gregorian Chant Mode II with órganum (medieval harmony).

00:56:30 — O Come, All Ye Faithful (bells, procession, incense, organ, strings, choirs), John Wade (1711-1786).

01:06:10 — Gloria from Missa de Angelis, Mass VIII (boys and schola), Gregorian chant withórganum.

01:09:00 — Opening Prayer (Abbot John).

Liturgy of the Word
01:10:00 — A lesson from the Book of Isaiah 9:1-6 read by a chorister. Psalm 96, led by a soloist. "Today is born our Savior, Christ the Lord," Richard Proulx, 1986. A lesson from the Epistle of St. Paul to Titus 2:11-14.

01:17:10 — Gospel Acclamation: Alleluia by Howard Hughes SM, 1982.

01:18:58 — The Gospel: Luke 2:1-14 (three cantors); setting by Fr. Anthony Ruff OSB.

01:24:15 — Homily by Rt. Rev. Abbot John Klassen OSB PhD, Chancellor.

All recite the Nicene Creed.

Prayers of the Faithful. All may harmonize the Byzantine chant after each intercession: "Lord, hear our prayer."

The Christmas collection from the congregation and the abbey will be given to Catholic Charities of Saint Cloud that builds communities, promotes family life, and enhances human dignity by providing quality human services meeting the physical, social, emotional, and spiritual needs of individuals and families throughout the Saint Cloud Diocese.

Liturgy of the Lord's Table
01:41:00 — Offertory. Arise, Shine, for Your Light has Come (congregation, soloists, choirs and organ), Martin How, 1986; Is 60:1-3,11a,13c,19-18.

Liturgy of the Eucharist
01:45:37 — "Acclamations for the People of God" from Community Mass by Richard Proulx, 1970, and "Lamb of God" from Holy Cross Mass by David Clark Isele, 1979.

01:58:30 — Pastorale ad libitum from Christmas Concerto (strings and organ), Archangelo Corelli (1653-1713).

02:08:40 — At the end of Holy Communion in English and German all sing: Silent Night/Stille Nacht (organ), Josef Mohr (1792-1848); Franz Gruber (1787-1863).

Solemn Blessing and Dismissal
02:16:40 — Recessional. Joy to the World (organ, strings, tutti), Psalm 98, Isaac Watts (1674-1748);Antioch, arr. George Frideric Handel (1685-1759).

02:19:00 — God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen (organ improvisation), Robert Koopmann OSB (1946-).

After the Service Abbot John and the monks invite all attending the liturgical celebration of the Divine Nativity to join them in the warmth of the Great Hall for light refreshment and socializing.