Christmas Eve Concert and Midnight Mass 2008 Program of Music
11:15 pm sharp — Archived Internet Broadcast(complete; selections below by title).
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 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.
O Holy Night . . . . . . Adolphe-Charles Adam, 1803-1856
Dr. Axel Theimer - Baritone soloist
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.
Entrance Hymn and Gloria
O, Come, All Ye Faithful . . . . . Traditional carol.
Abbot John leads the Opening Prayer.
Responsorial Psalm: Today is born our Savior, Christ the Lord; Ps. 96.
Gospel Acclamation: Alleluia . . . . . . Howard Hughes SM, 1982
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.
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
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.