Discover the musical tradition of Advent
This is a special time of year for Christians who are observing Advent, anticipating Christmas. And, Advent is all about the music! Join me on a musical journey and let's explore the joy of the season’s music in Ottawa.
While not well known in these parts, the Rorate Mass is an ancient Advent tradition within the Roman Catholic Church, especially among German speaking countries. A candlelight Mass celebrated in the early morning while still dark, its name is from the Rorate Caeli, which is sung during the opening procession. Take a listen to this sample of Gregorian chant. Spoiler Alert – it is Latin!
A treat for all musical lovers, head out to Ottawa’s German Parish, St. Albertus www.st-albertus on Saturday, December 16. Don’t worry if you don’t understand Latin or German – it doesn’t matter. The Rorate is a truly beautiful musical experience. Hmm…one last thing, set your alarm clock because you will want to be there for 6:45 a.m.
On Sunday, December 17, with three choirs performing, St. George’s Parish on Piccadilly Avenue www.saintgeorges.ca presents its Advent concert. Mark your calendars! The concert starts at 11:30. Offering a diverse line-up, there is something for all musical tastes. What might you hear?
Coram Deo offers traditional Sacred music, including chant and polyphony. There is also a contemporary choir that takes a modern approach to musical settings and compositions - listen to Kari Jobe below for the sweet sound of contemporary. And, last but not least, the children’s choir from St. George’s School will enchant with classic Christmas carols – angels in action for sure! sge.ocsb.ca
Also on December 17, Notre Dame Cathedral on Sussex Drive holds a Choral Celebration beginning at 2:30 in the afternoon. This is big! Capturing the majesty of the season, the choir usually plays to a full house so get there early. Making this day extra special, the Cathedral will be designated a national historic site.
Within the Anglican tradition, Christ Church Cathedral on Sparks Street has a musical legacy for which it is known around the world. There are two Choral celebrations on Christmas Eve that are sure to delight.
Well, that ends our musical journey of Advent. But, wait! There's more to come. You see, while Advent ends on December 24, the Christmas season begins on December 25 with new selections. Indeed, the season is magical!
For more on Christmas, check out The Mic Drop where Caitlin offers a fresh perspective, and Lynette shows us how to DIY on Crafting the College Life. Thanks ladies!
Wishing you a Merry Musical Christmas.
Sheila's passion for music emerged at a young age. From dancing around the house to Motown beats, she experimented with road trip rhythms, holding her own with Elton & Kiki. These early influences surface on her latest release Shower Serenades. Her repertoire stands the test of time.