The Second Coming, San Vitale, Ravenna, 6th cent.
Keep awake therefore, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming [NRSV, Matthew 24:42].
Gentile Bellini, Procession in Piazza San Marco (detail), Gallerie dell'Accademia, Venice, 1496
In place of evensong this coming Sunday, there will be a festive procession of lessons and carols. Click to access the complete programme.
Conditor Alme Siderum (Creator of the Stars of Night) is the quintessential advent hymn. During advent it is always sung at Roman Catholic vespers. It will be sung in several forms this coming Sunday as well as providing the underlying theme of the Mass setting.
Sano di Pietro, God creating the stars
Click to read about Conditor alme siderum and to listen to a number of choral and organ arrangements.
The organ voluntaries for Choral Eucharist, November 28, are Sleepers Awake by Johann Sebastian Bach and Emma Lou Diemer. Click for a number of different interpretations of Johann Sebastian Bach, Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, BWV 645 (Sleepers Awake).
1972 Vierdag organ, Bethlehemkerk, The Hague
Bach found inspiration for BWV 645 in his Cantata 140. Click to go to performances by Koopman, Leusink and Thomas.
Peter von Cornelius, The Wise and Foolish Virgins, Museum Kunst Palast, Düsseldorf, 1830
Eric Gill: "O"
The "O" Antiphons are associated with the Magnificat during the week preceding Christmas. Click to read about them and to listen online to a number of different renditions.