The Coming of Christ: A Celebration of Faith in His Name CD

The Coming of Christ: A Celebration of Faith in His Name CD

By Gloriae Dei Cantores
Product Code: 9781557253101

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The Coming of Christ is sung by the Gloriæ Dei Cantores Schola and conducted by Dr. Mary Berry, CBE. These reknowned experts bring a wealth of experience to the interpretation of the Gregorian chant. Well-known pieces alternate with numerous antiphons to bring us closer to the time of Christ's birth and early childhood. The prophetic announcements, the longing and anticipation of Christ's birth as well as the joy of the angels' message are all vividly portrayed in the Gregorian chant. 

Chant-based organ works by French composers Alexandre Guilmant and Charles-Marie Widor frame this program celebrating the life of Christ. 

  1. Offertoire Sur L'Hymne: Creator Alme Siderum
  2. Responsory: Aspiciens a longe
  3. Rorate caeli desuper
  4. Antiphon: O Emmanuel
  5. Communion: Ecce virgo
  6. Antiphon: Missus est Gabriel
  7. Offertory: Ave Maria
  8. Puer qui natus est
  9. Invitatory: Christus natus est
  10. Introit: Puer natus est nobis
  11. Alleluia: Dies sanctificatus
  12. Antiphon: Quem vidistis
  13. Antiphon: Genuit puerpera
  14. Antiphon: Angelus ad pastores
  15. Antiphon: Facta est cum Angelo
  16. Antiphon: Parvulus filius
  17. Hymn: Christe Redemptor
  18. Responsory: Verbum caro factum est
  19. Antiphon and Solemn Magnificat
  20. Antiphon: Mirabile mysterium
  21. Communion: Responsum
  22. Antiphon: Lumen ad
  23. Gradual: Omnes de Saba venient
  24. Communion: Vidimus stellam
  25. Antiphon: Admonti Magi
  26. Antiphon: Herodes iratus
  27. Communion: Tolle puerum
  28. Antiphon: Ex Egypto
  29. Antiphon: Ibant parentes Jesu
  30. Antiphon: Non invenientes
  31. Antiphon: Fili quid fecisti
  32. Antiphon: Descendit Jesus
  33. Final (Allegro) Charles-Marie Widor


"Here is the story of Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, the presentation, and finally, the vexation of Mary and Joseph when they cannot locate the young boy in crowded Jerusalem. It begins with Aspiciens a longe, and ecce video Dei potentiam venientem, the powerful statement of the approach of God. It continues with antiphons and canticles from Isaiah foretelling the Annunciation (Ecce virgo concipiet) and Luke's powerful telling (Ne timeas Maria).

"In clear, flowing Gregorian chant, with a warmth of tone, but no loss of intonation, from women's and men's voices together, the story unfolds. The centerpiece is a marvelous Magnificat anima mea Dominum followed by Mirabile mysterium declaratur hodie- A wondrous mystery is revealed this day.  The recording opens and closes with organ works, an Offertory based on Conditor alme siderum (Creator of the stars of night) by Guilmant, and the Finale of Widor's Symphonie Gothique, a variation on Puer natus. It is a beautiful telling of the Story."  
— The Living Church

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