Saturday, December 3, 2016

Music for the Second Sunday of Advent

I am taking a sabbatical from my full Musical Advent Calendar. I hope to prepare the full calendar in again for Advent 2017, but for Advent 2016, I will have a selection for each Sunday of this season. New posts in the series will be available on Saturday evenings.

Sunday, December 4 | The Second Sunday of Advent

"O Magnum Mysterium"
Words are a responsorial chant from the Matins of Christmas
Musical setting my Morten Lauridsen, 1994
Performed by the Choir of King's College, Cambridge, during "Christmas at King's," 2009

O magnum mysterium et admirable sacramentum
O great mystery and wonderful sacrament
Ut animalia viderent Dominum natum jacentem in praesepio
That animals should see the newborn Lord lying in a manger
Beata Virgo, cujus viscera meruerunt portare
Blessed is the Virgin whose womb was worthy to bear
Dominum Christum, amen
The Lord Christ, amen



Merciful God, who sent your messengers the prophets to preach repentance and prepare the way for our salvation: Give us grace to heed their warnings and forsake our sins, that we may greet with joy the coming of Jesus Christ our Redeemer; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever, Amen.

The Collect for the Second Sunday of Advent

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Music for the First Sunday of Advent

I am taking a sabbatical from my full Musical Advent Calendar. I hope to prepare the full calendar in again for Advent 2017, but for Advent 2016, I will have a selection for each Sunday of this season. New posts in the series will be available on Saturday evenings.

Sunday, November 27 | The First Sunday of Advent

"Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus"
Words by Charles Wesley, 1744
Music by Rowland H. Prichard, c. 1830
Performed by Fernando Ortega on the album "Christmas Songs," 2008

(Song text is displayed in the video)


Almighty God, give us grace to cast away the works of darkness, and put on the armor of light, now and in the time of this mortal life in which your son Jesus Christ came to visit us in great humility; that in the last day, when he shall come again in his glorious majesty to judge both the living and the dead, we may rise to life immortal; through him who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever, Amen.

The Collect for the First Sunday of Advent

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Gratitude

On this Thanksgiving Eve, some things I am thankful for (surely an incomplete list)...

Naomi, my wife
Ed and Becky, my parents
Paul, my brother
Vel and Dorothy, my grandmothers
My extended family members
Tony and Gerald, my bosses at Wheaton and Calvary, respectively
Dr. Wilder and Todd, their bosses, respectively
My colleagues at Wheaton and Calvary
My student staff at Wheaton
The orchestra members at Calvary
My friends within the Calvary Young Adults community group
Wheaton College and Calvary Memorial Church, and not just in their context as my employers
My appointment to the Executive Committee of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Overture Council
The Chicago Cubs, and their 2016 season
The precious, limitless, relentless grace of God

Sunday, October 2, 2016

2016 MLB Postseason Predictions

My predictions are based loosely on the competing teams' head-to-head records and factoring home field advantage. Obviously I do not have a future as a sports journalist. And I am biased toward one of the teams. But just for fun:

American League Wild Card: Baltimore Orioles at Toronto Blue Jays
Prediction: Toronto Blue Jays

National League Wild Card: San Francisco Giants at New York Mets
Prediction: New York Mets

American League Division Series: Toronto Blue Jays at Texas Rangers, Boston Red Sox at Cleveland Indians
Predictions: Texas Rangers in 5, Boston Red Sox in 5

National League Division Series: New York Mets at Chicago Cubs, Los Angeles Dodgers at Washington Nationals
Predictions: Chicago Cubs in 5, Los Angeles Dodgers in 5

American League Championship Series: Boston Red Sox at Texas Rangers
Prediction: Texas Rangers in 7

National League Championship Series: Los Angeles Dodgers at Chicago Cubs
Prediction: Chicago Cubs in 6

World Series: Chicago Cubs at Texas Rangers
Prediction: Chicago Cubs in 7