Friday, December 14, 2012
Friday Five: Advent
Pat Raube, a fellow liturgical snob, has posted a Friday Five on Advent. Now that I am back in the bible belt where Christmas decorations go up before Halloween, I have been rebellious about being 'out there' with Christmasy stuff. I tend to be rather Christmas phobic anyway. Pat even posted a youtube of Sting singing Gabriel's Message which I refuse to post. Can't stand his voice. So here is my take of the season. ~ Muthah+
Those of you who are my friends on Facebook know I've been trying to post Advent music in this season, which is no small trick because, as you well know, it's been "Christmas" since Halloween in the world out there! So today we focus on Advent and its music-- the good, the bad, the new and the as-yet-unheard!
1. First, do you come from a tradition in which the Advent season is embraced? This is not true for all of us. If you do, what is your personal preference? Do you love it or hate it? Embrace it or want it to go away already? How enthusiastically does your church enter into Advent?
Oh, yes. I am an Episcopalian who lives with a cradle-Episcopalian. I am also a former Roman Catholic so I LOVE Advent. It is my favorite season because of the readings. The anticipation is exquisite and the sense of quiet is such a refuge from the nutzy Christmas buying frenzy. I really am rather phobic about Christmas. But Advent makes the whole time beautiful.
2. What is your favorite Advent music? (A tiny hint about mine can be found above.) Link to a favorite piece if you can.
I have never learned how to link music but I love Creator of the stars of Night, Wachet auf (in harmony and auf Deutch ) and Prepare the way, O Zion.
3. What Advent music makes your skin crawl-- or at least annoys you and makes you wish it were Christmas already?
I am pretty tired of O Come, O Come Emmanuel. I love the whole thing but I really love when they can be sung as they were intended as O Antiphones for the Magnificate the last 8 days before Christmas, but alas we don't live in community of singers and say the Divine Office daily.
4. Any Advent discoveries or re-discoveries? Again, we love links-- share your music with us!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zeKvNxYMDxE This isn't quite Advent but it is quiet and meditative on the whole season.
5. Tell us how your Advent is going this year. Lost in a haze of church busyness? Finding ways to sit quietly in the darkness and wait? Give us your tips for a really rich Advent experience.
We have a remarkably vigilant neighborhood association where we live now. We have only put a wreath on the door and a single string of lights up. The neighborhood is ablaze however. I know all of that will be down and packed away by Christmas night while we will only put on our lights up during Advent IV. I will keep them up until Epiphany and perhaps until Ash Wed. if the association doesn't get crabby. I am staying out the frenzy of church stuff although I preaching both Advent IV and Christmas Eve! Our rector loves giving us what we like to preach on and I love preaching Christmas Eve. I am actually going to be able to sing the mass at the main service. I feel really blest in this parish after being in my previous diocese where I couldn't even celebrate for 8 years. God is good for those who wait.