A Prayer for Advent
Craig Phillips

Composer Craig Phillips
Text Collect for the first Sunday of Advent
Church Season Advent
Voicing
SATB, flute, organ
Price $2.50 (U.S.)
Released 8/10
Catalog no. 405-182 Difficulty Mod. diff.

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Description
A very significant flute part is featured in this lyrical and atmospheric anthem based on the Collect for the first Sunday of Advent from the Book of Common Prayer. Lush harmonies unfold throughout this call to "cast away the works of darkness and put on the armor of light." An evocative way to begin the Advent season.

Review
"The text for this piece is the Prayer Book Collect for the First Sunday of Advent (in the contemporary idiom). The flute begins alone, soon joined by the organ in an introspective introductory duet. The voices, when they enter, present the text of the collect homophonically (for the most part), and fairly directly, and with the sort of rhythmic sensitivity and harmonic expression that we know to expect from this composer. This is surely a piece that would be welcome on any of the Sundays of Advent, not just the first." --AAM Journal, October 2010

Text
Almighty God, give us grace to cast away the works of darkness, and put on the armor of light, now in the time of this mortal life in which your Son Jesus Christ came to visit us in great humility; that in the last day, when he shall come again in his glorious majesty to budge both the living and the dead, we may rise to the life immortal; through him who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
––Collect for the first Sunday of Advent, Book of Common Prayer (1979)



 

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