The Introit verses for the Sundays throughout the year set the tone for the liturgy for the day. This is especially the case during Advent and Lent. The hope is that these four short Introits reflect the contrast in the verses which introduce each of the four Sundays in Advent.
These Introits form part of The Music Makers' repertoire aimed at being accessible to both professional and amateur choir alike. They are intended to be sung unaccompanied, although an organ part is included if circumstances demand an accompaniment.
Advent I - Ad te levavi animam meam
To you, my God, I lift my soul. I trust in you; let me never come to shame. Do not let my enemies laugh at me. No one who waits for you is ever put to shame. Lord, let me know your ways. Lord, teach me your paths.
Advent II - Populos Sion
People of Zion, the Lord will come to save all nations, and your hearts will exult to hear his majestic voice. O shepherd of Israel, hear us, you who lead Joseph's flock.
Advent III - Gaudete in Domino semper
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I say, rejoice! Let your tolerance be evident to everyone: the Lord is hear. There is no need to worry; but if there is anything you need, pray for it, asking God for it. O Lord, you once favoured your land, and revived the fortunes of Jacob.
Advent IV - Rorate caeli desuper
Let the clouds rain down the Just One, and the earth bring forth a Saviour. The heavens proclaim the glory of God and the firmament shows forth the work of his hands.