Podcast: 4th Sunday of Advent, Year B

This weekend we are celebrating the Fourth and final Sunday of Advent.

O come, Emmanuel.

The entrance antiphon is the first indicator that the Christ child is almost here, calling for “The Just One” to come down from the heavens. Taken from Isaiah chapter 45, verse 8, we read:

Drop down dew from above, you heavens,
and let the clouds rain down the Just One;
let the earth be opened and bring forth a Savior.
(Isaiah 45:8)

Psalm 89
Forever I will sing the goodness of the Lord.

Communion Antiphon:
Behold, a Virgin shall conceive and bear a son;
and his name will be called Emmanuel.
(Isaiah 7:14)

Featured Songs:

O Come, O Come Emmanuel [Verse 4]
https://themodernpsalmist.com/songs/o-come-emmanuel-verse-4/

4th Sunday of Advent: Entrance Antiphon (Isaiah 45:8) (Mode II, De La Torre)
https://themodernpsalmist.com/songs/entrance-antiphon-4th-advent-mode-ii-de-la-torre/

Psalm 89: Forever I Will Sing (Rebecca De La Torre)
https://themodernpsalmist.com/songs/psalm-89-forever-i-will-sing/

4th Sunday of Advent: Communion Antiphon (Isaiah 7:14)
https://themodernpsalmist.com/songs/communion-antiphon-4th-advent/

The Angel Gabriel from Heaven Came [Gabriel’s Message] (Traditional Basque Carol)
https://themodernpsalmist.com/songs/the-angel-gabriel-from-heaven-came-gabriels-message/


Featured Songs






Podcast Transcript

Hi and Welcome to The Modern Psalmist Podcast. I’m Rebecca De La Torre.

This weekend we are celebrating the Fourth and final Sunday of Advent.

O come, Emmanuel.

O Come Emmanuel (Verse 4)

The entrance antiphon is the first indicator that the Christ child is almost here, calling for “The Just One” to come down from the heavens. Taken from Isaiah chapter 45, verse 8, we read:

“Drop down dew from above, you heavens,
and let the clouds rain down the Just One;
let the earth be opened and bring forth a Savior.”

Entrance Antiphon – 4th Advent (Mode II, De La Torre)

The responsorial psalm and first reading likewise prophesy the coming of Christ, describing the covenant that the Lord made with King David.

The final part of the first reading, taken from 2 Samuel Chapter 7, reads:

“And when your time comes and you rest with your ancestors,
I will raise up your heir after you, sprung from your loins,
and I will make his kingdom firm.
I will be a father to him,
and he shall be a son to me.
Your house and your kingdom shall endure forever before me;
your throne shall stand firm forever.”

Likewise, verse 2 in the sung version of the psalm for this Sunday from chapter 89 states:

“I have made a covenant with my chosen one,
I have sworn to David my servant:
forever will I confirm your posterity
and establish your throne for all generations.”

I really love how the church has so thoughtfully selected readings that complement each other and help us to reflect on how profound and rich these prophesies really were – and then the knowledge that they were fulfilled in the coming of our Lord is simply enchanting to me.

This isn’t some fantasy book. This isn’t a fairy tale. This is real life. This is our faith. And I’m proud to proclaim it.

As the response states for today’s psalm:

“Forever I will sing the goodness of the Lord.”

Psalm 89: Forever I Will Sing (4th Advent B)

The communion antiphon, like the gospel acclamation, is the original prophesy from Isaiah about the coming of the Christ child. Taken from Isaiah chapter 7 verse 14, it reads:

“Behold, a Virgin shall conceive and bear a son;
and his name will be called Emmanuel.”

4th Sunday of Advent – Communion Antiphon (Isaiah 7:14)

The gospel focuses on the annunciation in Luke chapter 1, where Gabriel announces to Mary that she has been chosen to bear the Christ child.

There is an ancient song I really love that fits so perfectly with this gospel titled “Gabriel’s Message” or “The Angel Gabriel from Heaven Came”. I have also composed Spanish lyrics for it so I can use it at all my masses, English and Spanish. I have a recording of the first two verses to share with you here. I hope you enjoy it.

The Angel Gabriel from Heaven Came (Gabriel’s Message)

That was my version of “Gabriel’s Message” for the 4th and final Sunday of Advent. Links to the recordings for all songs in the podcast, as well as the sheet music, can be found in the show notes or on TheModernPsalmist.com.

So far this season I’ve featured my Benedictus and Magnificat and in the next and final episode I’ll share my Nunc Nimittis.

Until then, may God bless you abundantly.

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