Christmas Eve Concert and Midnight Mass 2007 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. André Heywood, Prof. Axel Theimer DMA,
Br. Paul Richards OSB, and Fr. Anthony Ruff OSB - Conductors
The St. John's Boys' Choir Recorder Ensemble
The Collegeville Christmas Strings:
Dr. David Arnott DMA - Viola/Conductor
Mr. Richard Witteman - Trumpet
Ms. Kiera Theimer Morrissey and Mr. Matthew Ferche - Solists

Music Program for 2007

The St. John's Boys' Choir Recorder Ensemble
Drei Equale für 4 Posaunen - Mvts I Andante & IIIPoco sostenuto . . . . . . L. van Beethoven, 1812
Quem Pastores Laudavere . . . . . . M. Prætorius, 1571-1621 / J.H. Schein's Cantional (1627)

The Collegeville Christmas Strings
Concerto for Two Violins (BWV 1043 Mvt I Vivace) . . . . . . J.S. Bach, 1717

The Saint John's Abbey Schola

A hymn to the Blessed Virgin Mary
Ave Maria, Angelus Domini (Br. David Paul Lange OSB, Br, Paul Richards OSB, and Mr. Mathew Ferche, cantors). . . . . . Franz Biebl, 1967

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

The Collegeville Christmas Strings
Concerto for Two Violins (BWV 1043 Mvt II Largo ma non tanto) . . . . . . J.S. Bach, 1717

The Saint John's Abbey Schola
The Nativity Carol . . . . . . John Rutter, 1945-
Whisper! Whisper! . . . . . . Jay Althouse

The St. John's Boys' Choir
Procession from A Ceremony of Carols . . . . . . Benjamin Britten, 1942
Gesu Bambino . . . . . . Pietro Yon, 1886-1943; F.H. Martens
The Angel Gabriel . . . . . . Bob Chilcott, 2004; Sabine Baring-Gould, text
The Virgin Mary Had a Baby Boy . . . . . . West Indian carol, arr. Stephen Hatfield

The Saint John's Abbey Schola and The St. John's Boys' Choir
O Nata Lux from Lux Aeterna (a capella) . . . . . .Morten Lauridsen, 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 . . . . . . 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 entrance hymn, a cantor intones the Introit for Christmas Day
Puer natus est nobis . . . . . . chant

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) . . . . . . Fr. Anthony Ruff OSB, arr.

Abbot John leads the Opening Prayer.

Liturgy of the Word
A chorister recites the first reading from the Book of Isaiah, 9:1-6.

Responsorial Psalm: Today is born our Savior, Christ the Lord; Ps. 96, led by Ms. Kiera Theimer Morrissey, soloist.

A reading from the Epistle of St. Paul to Titus 2:11-14.

Gospel Acclamation: Alleluia . . . . . . Howard Hughes SM, 1982

The GospelLuke 2:1-14 (Fr. Timothy Backous OSB; Br. David Paul Lang OSB; Mr. Mathew Ferche, SJU alum; cantors), setting by Fr. Anthony Ruff OSB.

Christmas Homily by Rt. Rev. Abbot John KlassenOSB PhD, Chancellor. Full text.

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 and the Central Minnesota Community Charity Challenge.

Catholic Charities builds communities, promotes family life, and enhances human dignity by providing quality human services meeting the physical, social, emotional, and spiritual needs of the whole person and family throughout the Saint Cloud Diocese. The Central Minnesota Community Charity Challenge raises funds for local food shelves through a matching grant from the Norman C. Skalicky Foundation.

Liturgy of the Lord's Table
Preparation of the Gifts.

Arise, Shine, for Your Light has Come . . . . . .Martin How, 1986

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.

Concerto for Two Violins (BWV 1043 Mvt IIIAllegro) . . . . . . J.S. Bach, 1717

At the end of Holy Communion in English and German all sing Silent Night/Stille Nacht . . . . . . Josef Mohr, 1792-1848; Franz Gruber, 1787-1863.

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

Trumpet Tune from Trumpet Voluntary in D Major . . . . . . John Stanley, 1712-1786

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.