Christmas Eve Concert and Midnight Mass 2008 Program of Music

11:15 pm sharp — Archived Internet Broadcast(complete; selections below by title).

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

Music Program for 2008

The Collegeville Christmas Strings
Coventry Carol . . . . . . Traditional

The St. John's Boys' Choir
From A Ceremony of Carols . . . . . . Benjamin Britten

Hodie (Today is born a Savior, Christ the Lord)
There Is No Rose
This Little Babe
Deo Gracias (Thanks be to God)

The Collegeville Christmas Strings
Personent Hodie . . . . . . Traditional

The Saint John's Abbey Schola
Alma Redemptoris Mater . . . . . . In cantu simplici, usu recepto
Hail! Blessed Virgin Mary . . . . . . Italian carol; adapt. John Rutter
Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming (13th c.) . . . . . . Michael Praetorius, 1571-1621
While By My Sheep . . . . . . 17th c. carol; Jugo Jüngst, arr.

The St. John's Boys' Choir
Of the Father's Love Begotten . . . . . . Chant
The Angel Gabriel . . . . . . Bob Chilcott

Abbey Schola, Boys' Choir, Orchestra and Organ
Christmas Day (fantasy on old carols) . . . . . . Gustav Holst, © 1910.

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

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.

All rise as the procession of choir, monks, concelebrants, and Abbot John approaches the sanctuary.

Then, at the foot of the altar, the Introit for Midnight Mass (text): 
Dominus dixit ad me (Ps 2:7,1) . . . . . . Chant, Mode II

Entrance Hymn and Gloria

O, Come, All Ye Faithful . . . . . Traditional carol.

Gloria in excelsis Deo from Missa de Angelis, Mass VIII, De angelis; XVI c., Mode V (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.

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. Robert Koopmann OSB, Br. David Paul Lange OSB, and Br. Aelred Senna OSB, cantors), medieval setting adapted by Fr. Anthony Ruff OSB.

Christmas Homily by Rt. Rev. Abbot John KlassenOSB, 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, Central Minnesota Community Charity Challenge, and the Postville Hispanic Relief Fund.

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. St Bridget's Hispanic Fund provides essential assistance to families affected by the immigration raid in Postville, Iowa, this past year.

Liturgy of the Eucharist
Preparation of the Gifts.

Once in Royal David's City (solists and choirs). . . . . . C.F.H. Alexander, H.J. Gauntlett; Hymns Ancient & Modern, 1861-1874.

Acclamations for the People of God fromCommunity Mass by Richard Proulx, 1970, andLamb of God from Holy Cross Mass by David Clark Isele, 1979.

In splendoribus sanctorum, ex utero ante luciferum genui te . . . . . . . Chant, Mode VI

Pastorale ad libitum from Concerto Grosso in G Minor (Christmas Concerto; strings and organ) . . . . . . Arcangelo Corelli, 1653-1713.

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

The final Allegro from Sonata in D . . . . . .Giuseppe Torelli, 1658-1709.

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.