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Seven meditations for Advent, with reference to John the Baptist, punctuated with plainchant. Advent, the four weeks or so leading up to Christmas, has traditionally been a time to ponder on what it means to say Christ is coming. The meditations here reflect on that coming, not only His coming to earth at Bethlehem long ago, but also His continuous coming, His presence in the Church at all times, as well as His final coming at the end of our lives, at the end of time.
That means we also think also about judgement, our own destiny, and what is to come. St John the Baptist is the great saint of Advent, and the meditations draw on his story and his preaching to ponder the great Advent themes. Appropriate items of Gregorian Chant punctuate the meditations: these are taken from the traditional Advent liturgy and from feasts that celebrate His coming.
The chant was recorded in the Oratory Church in Oxford by Fr Anton Webb and Fr Guy Nichols, who both sang with Mary Berry at Cambridge in the famous Schola Cantorum, with the assistance of Wilfrid Jones, choral scholar of New College, Oxford. The meditations are by Fr Jerome Bertram of the Oxford Oratory.
Cover picture: a stained-glass window depicting St John the Baptist, made in 1875 by Westlake for the church of St Aloysius, now the Oxford Oratory.
|1||02:26||Ad te levavi||Gregorian Chant|
|2||06:51||Christ as Alpha||Meditation|
|3||04:02||Rorate Caeli desuper||Gregorian Chant|
|4||08:06||Our need for Christ||Meditation|
|5||02:07||Puer natus est||Gregorian Chant|
|6||08:28||Christ born in time at Bethlehem||Meditation|
|7||03:32||Ecce advenit||Gregorian Chant|
|8||07:48||Christ is with us||Meditation|
|9||01:21||O Rex gentium/O Emmanuel||Gregorian Chant|
|10||08:51||Christ as Omega||Meditation|
|11||02:53||Dignus est Agnus||Mediation|
|14||08:40||Return to Bethlehem||Meditation|
|15||02:15||Alma, Redemptoris Mater||Gregorian Chant|