Christmas Eve Concert and Midnight Mass 2006 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 DMA - Viola/Conductor
Br. Peregrine Rinderknecht OSB - Flute
Mr. Richard Witteman - Trumpet

Music Program for 2006

Allegro and Adagio from Opus 3, No. 11 (strings), Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741).

Pavane and Galliard (recorders), Master John Taylor (1503-1554).

Ballo Francese , Maniero (16th century).

Gathering Peascods, Playford (1651; arr. Bernard Thomas).

Largo From Opus 11 (strings), Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741).

Ding Dong Merrily on High (boys), arr. John Rutter CBE (b. 1945).

Nativity Carol, John Rutter

All My Heart This Night Rejoices, arr. Bill Blatzheim (SJU 2007)

Finale from The Star Gatherer, Stephen Paulus (b. 1949).

Dona Nobis Pacem (boys), Bob Chilcott

Of the Father's Love Begotten (Abbey Schola), Didrik Pederson of Abo.

Salvation is Created (as sung at Kiev), Pavel Tschesnokoff (1877-1944; M.L. Norden, arr.).

Yuletide Fires (schola a capella), Diane Mary Loomer, CM, 1995.

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

00:40:00 — What Sweeter Music? (boys, schola, strings and organ), John Rutter CBE (b. 1945)

O Nata Lux from Lux Aeterna (a capella), Morten Lauridsen (b. 1943).

All stand and sing the hymn, Angels We Have Heard On High (organ and strings), Traditional carol (Les Anges dans nos campagnes).

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, a chorister intones the Introit for Midnight Mass:

Dóminus díxit ad me: Fílius méus es tu, égo hódie génui te (boys), Psalm 2: 7, 1; Gregorian Chant Mode II.

O Come, All Ye Faithful (bells, incense, procession, candles, organ, strings, trumpet, congregation, choirs and descant), John Wade (1711-1786).

Gloria from Missa de Angelis, Mass VIII (boys and schola), Gregorian chant with órganum (medieval harmony).

Opening Prayer (Abbot John).

Liturgy of the Word
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.

Gospel Acclamation: Alleluia by Howard Hughes SM, 1982.

The Gospel: Luke 2:1-14 (three cantors), setting by Fr. Anthony Ruff OSB.

Homily by Rt. Rev. Abbot John Klassen OSB PhD, Chancellor.

All recite the Nicene Creed.

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

The Christmas collection from the congregation and the abbey will be given to The Housing Coalition of the Saint Cloud Area and the Central Minnesota Community Charity Challenge. The Housing Coalition offers short-term emergency shelter and transitional housing. The Charity Challenge raises funds for Caritas and Salvation Army food shelves.

Liturgy of the Lord's Table
01:38:40 — Offertory.

Once in Royal David's City (flute, boys' trio, choirs, organ, strings, trumpet, congregation and descant), H.J. Gauntlett (1805-1876); arr. R. Proulx.

Liturgy of the Eucharist
"Acclamations for the People of God" fromCommunity Mass by Richard Proulx, 1970, and "Lamb of God" from Holy Cross Mass by David Clark Isele, 1979.

Communion
Carol, for viola and piano, Sir Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958).

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 Three-fold Blessing and Dismissal
02:16:56 — Recessional. Joy to the World (organ, strings, trumpet, tutti), Psalm 98, Isaac Watts (1674-1748); Antioch, arr. George Frideric Handel (1685-1759).

Postlude
Two Marches from the Suite in D Major for Trumpet, George Frideric Handel.

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.