Podcast: 1st Sunday of Advent, Year B

This weekend we are celebrating the beginning of a new liturgical year, cycle B, with the First Sunday of Advent.

O come, Emmanuel.

Entrance Antiphon:
To you, I lift up my soul, O my God.
In you, I have trusted; let me not be put to shame.
Nor let my enemies exult over me;
and let none who hope in you be put to shame.
(Psalm 25:1-3)

Psalm 80
Lord make us turn to you; let us see your face and we shall be saved.

Gospel Acclamation:
Show us, Lord, your love;
and grant us your salvation.
(Psalm 85:8)

Communion Antiphon:
The Lord will bestow his bounty,
and our earth shall yield its increase.
(Psalm 85:13)

Featured Songs:

1st Sunday of Advent: Entrance Antiphon (Psalm 25:1-3) (Mode II, De La Torre)
https://themodernpsalmist.com/songs/entrance-antiphon-1st-advent-mode-ii-de-la-torre/

Psalm 80: Lord Make Us Turn to You (Rebecca De La Torre)
https://themodernpsalmist.com/songs/psalm-80-lord-make-us-turn-to-you/

Advent Gospel Acclamation: 1st Advent B (Mode II, De La Torre)
https://themodernpsalmist.com/songs/advent-gospel-acclamation-year-b-mode-ii-de-la-torre-1st/

1st Sunday of Asvent: Communion Antiphon (Psalm 85:13)
https://themodernpsalmist.com/songs/communion-antiphon-1st-advent/

Sancti Venite / Come All Ye Holy (TENTH TUNE)
https://themodernpsalmist.com/songs/sancti-venite-come-all-ye-holy/


Featured Songs







Podcast Transcript

Hi and welcome to the beginning of Season 8 of the Modern Psalmist Podcast. I’m Rebecca De La Torre.

This weekend we are celebrating the beginning of a new liturgical year, cycle B, with the First Sunday of Advent.

O come, Emmanuel.

O Come Emmanuel (Verse 1)

The entrance antiphon helps us prepare our hearts to worship the Lord at the beginning of mass. Taken from Psalm chapter 25 verses 1 through 3, we sing:

“To you, I lift up my soul, O my God.
In you, I have trusted; let me not be put to shame.
Nor let my enemies exult over me;
and let none who hope in you be put to shame.”

Entrance Antiphon – 1st Advent (Mode II, De La Torre)

The psalm this weekend is from Chapter 80:

“Lord make us turn to you; let us see your face and we shall be saved.”

This psalm goes well with the first reading from Isaiah chapter 63, emphasizing the need to turn our hearts to the Lord. This is an excellent beginning to the season of Advent, as we prepare to celebrate the coming for our Lord.

Psalm 80: Lord Make Us Turn to You (1st Advent B, 4th Advent C)

This is the very first day of the season of Advent – the word “Advent” meaning “coming” in Latin. That is why this is called a season of anticipation: we’re anticipating the coming of the Lord when we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ on Christmas.

This is such a special and magical time of year. And I love the music in minor keys that, to me, really help emphasize the feeling of longing and anticipation.

In the second reading from 1 Corinthians chapter 1, the latter part of verse 7 states:

“you wait for the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ”

and Jesus tells us in the gospel reading from Mark chapter 13, beginning with verse 13:

“Be watchful! Be alert!
You do not know when the time will come.”

Christ will be revealed to us, not only in the second coming as St Paul and Jesus himself reveal to us in these scriptures today, but in his birth, as we remember and celebrate it every year.

And the gospel acclamation prepares our hearts to receive the word of God. Taken from Psalm chapter 85, verse 8, we sing:

“Show us Lord your love;
and grant us your salvation.”

Advent Gospel Acclamation – 1st Advent B (Mode II, De La Torre)

The Communion Antiphon for this weekend is from Psalm chapter 85, verse 13:

“The Lord will bestow his bounty,
and our earth shall yield its increase.”

1st Sunday of Advent – Communion Antiphon (Psalm 85:13)

When I think of the Lord bestowing his bounty, I usually think of a feast or a time of plenty. But in regard to Advent, I could even see this antiphon referring to the Christ child himself, and his coming bestowed on the world. And in his coming, the “earth shall yield its increase” of worshippers who seek the Lord with sincere and joyful hearts.

There is one ancient song that I really love for Advent from 640 AD, about 1400 years ago, titled
“Sancti Venite, Christi Corpus Sumite” which means “Come, holy ones, take the body of Christ.”
The English title is “Come, All Ye Holy.”

The first verse I have performed here is in Latin, but the following verse in English is a close translation. I love that it’s in the same key as O Come Emmanuel and I believe it to be a beautiful communion song for this season. Here is “Sancti Venite”

Sancti Venite (Come All Ye Holy)

That was “Sancti Venite” for the 1st Sunday of Advent, year B. Links to the recordings and sheet music can be found in the show notes or on our companion web site, TheModernPsalmist.com.

Until next week, O Come, Emanuel.

God bless you.

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