when a soft hum/chant arose from the choir loft during the reading of the Advent-candle text. Isaiah 9: 6-7. “For unto us a Child is born, and unto us a Son is given, and the government shall be upon his shoulders, and he shall be called . . .”
I know that lat least two of you are singing along. 🙂 So were we, mostly without realizing it. The organist gave us a Stern Look, then rolled his eyes, because he was doing it too.
I never, ever did the runs that cleanly. *SIGH*
Have a very, very, blessed and Merry Christmas to those who observe western Christmas, and a peaceful and happy day to all my readers!
Merry and Joyous Christmas to all!
Yes, I defaulted that reading also, into bass. Caught myself at the second “And His Name shall be …” before the crescendo.
. . . when you always read it, “and His Name shall be call-éd,” you might be a chorister.
And a Merry Christmas to all!!!
Merry New Year, Happy Christmas, and all that other stuff! 😉
Merry, Merry Christmas to you and yours, and to everyone who reads your blog.
Remember, kids: Every reading used to be chanted, just like the Jewish scriptures at a synagogue are. They still do it that way on the Eastern side of things, and it’s still perfectly legal over on the Western side of things.
(The tricky bit is that there are different melodies for first reading vs. Gospel reading, and there’s more elaborate melodies for holidays. But it’s not like they’re difficult. And that’s what all the accent marks in Catholic lectionaries are about — it’s a chant help.