Podcast: 3rd Sunday of Advent, Year B

This weekend we are celebrating the Third Sunday of Advent, year B.

O come, Emmanuel.

The entrance antiphon sets the tone of apprehensive waiting as we rejoice in the coming of the Lord. Taken from Philippians chapter 4, verses 4 and 5, we read:

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I say, rejoice.
Indeed, the Lord is near.
(Philippians 4:4, 5)

Luke 1
My soul rejoices in my God.

Gospel Acclamation:
The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
because he has anointed me
to bring glad tidings to the poor.
(Isaiah 61:1)

Communion Antiphon:
Say to the faint of heart: Be strong and do not fear.
Behold, our God will come, and he will save us.
(Isaiah 35:4)

Featured Songs:

O Come, O Come Emmanuel [Verse 2]
https://themodernpsalmist.com/songs/o-come-emmanuel-verse-3/

3rd Sunday of Advent: Entrance Antiphon (Philippians 4:4, 5) (Mode II, De La Torre)
https://themodernpsalmist.com/songs/entrance-antiphon-3rd-advent-mode-ii-de-la-torre/

Luke 1: My Soul Rejoices (3rd Advent B) (Rebecca De La Torre)
https://themodernpsalmist.com/songs/luke-1-my-soul-rejoices-3rd-advent-b/

Advent Gospel Acclamation: 3rd Advent B (Mode II, De La Torre)
https://themodernpsalmist.com/songs/advent-gospel-acclamation-year-b-mode-ii-de-la-torre-3rd-advent/

3rd Sunday of Advent: Communion Antiphon (Isaiah 35:4)
https://themodernpsalmist.com/songs/communion-antiphon-3rd-advent/

Magnificat: The Canticle of Mary (Rebecca De La Torre)
https://themodernpsalmist.com/songs/magnificat-canticle-of-mary/


Featured Songs







Podcast Transcript

Hi and Welcome to The Modern Psalmist Podcast.

I’m Rebecca De La Torre, and this weekend we are celebrating the Third Sunday of Advent, year B.

O come, Emmanuel.

O Come Emmanuel (Verse 3)

The entrance antiphon sets the tone of apprehensive waiting as we rejoice in the coming of the Lord. Taken from Philippians chapter 4, verses 4 and 5, we read:

“Rejoice in the Lord always; again I say, rejoice.
Indeed, the Lord is near.”

Entrance Antiphon – 3rd Advent (Mode II, De La Torre)

Many of the readings today are from the prophet Isaiah. The first reading from chapter 61 beginning with verse 1, we read:

“The spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me,
because the LORD has anointed me;
he has sent me to bring glad tidings to the poor,
to heal the brokenhearted”

and in verse 10:

“I rejoice heartily in the LORD,
in my God is the joy of my soul;”

These verses from Isaiah are echoed in Mary’s Magnificat, which happens to the responsorial for today.

Usually, the responsorial psalm is taken the book of psalms. But this weekend it is the gospel canticle of Mary (also known as the Magnificat), from Luke Chapter 1. The response is:

“My soul rejoices in my God.”

Now, the Magnificat is the title given to the song that Mary sings to her cousin Elizabeth (the mother of John the Baptist) when she goes to visit Elizabeth during her pregnancy.

It’s called the Magnificat because it begins, in Latin, with the words:

“Magnificat anima mea Dominum”

which means

“My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord”

Here is my version of today’s responsorial, “Luke 1: My Soul Rejoices”

Luke 1: My Soul Rejoices (3rd Advent B)

As we move on to the gospel acclamation, also from Isaiah chapter 61 verse 1, we sing the words of the prophet himself, proclaiming the good news:

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
because he has anointed me
to bring glad tidings to the poor.”

Advent Gospel Acclamation – 3rd Advent B (Mode II, De La Torre)

Like the first reading and gospel acclamation, the communion antiphon for today is also taken from Isaiah, but from chapter 35, verse 3:

“Say to the faint of heart: Be strong and do not fear.
Behold, our God will come, and he will save us.”

3rd Sunday of Advent – Communion Antiphon (Isaiah 35:4)

For my masses this weekend, I chose to pick a song that fits well with the responsorial for today, which is Mary’s Magnificat.

I have composed a version that is bilingual and rhymes in both English and Spanish – AND is a version that has more of a timeless sound.

Because I’m a huge lover of Medieval music, I tried to make this Magnificat reflect the sounds of popular sacred music from that time.

I believe that my Magnificat really embodies the style and sound that I like to call “modern sacred music”

I hope you enjoy “Magnificat: The Canticle of Mary”

Magnificat (The Canticle of Mary)

That was my version of Mary’s Magnificat in English. You can find a full Spanish version and a bilingual version online as well. Links to those recordings and sheet music can be found in the show notes or on TheModernPsalmist.com

Until next week, O come, Emmanuel.

God bless you.

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