John the Baptist preaching in the Desert, Anton Raphael Mengs, 1728-1779.


Mount Calvary

A Roman Catholic Parish

The Personal Ordinariate of S. Peter

Eutaw Street and Madison Avenue

Baltimore, Maryland

Rev. Albert Scharbach, Pastor

Andrew Johnson, Organist and Music Director

Advent II

December 6, 2020

8:00 A.M. Said Mass

10:00 A.M. Sung Mass

This mass will be livestreamed


Organ Prelude

Es ist ein Ros’ entsprungen (Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming),” Johannes Brahms

This setting of “Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming” comes from the composer’s Eleven Chorale Preludes written in the last year of his life. Brahms takes the chorale “bud,” nurtures it with his highly-chromatic language, and offers us this beautiful blossom of a chorale prelude.


Organ Postlude

“Noёl Suisse” Louis-Claude Daquin

Daquin (1694-1772) was titular organist at Notre-Dame in Paris from 1755 until his death. The postlude is the last of his Twelve Noёls for organ or harpsichord.


Offertory Anthem

Comfort Ye, My People & Every Valley Shall Be Exalted” from Messiah, G.F. Handel

Comfort ye, comfort ye my people, saith your God.
Speak ye comfortably to Jerusalem, and cry unto her,
that her warfare is accomplished, that her iniquity is pardoned.
The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness,
Prepare ye the way of the Lord,
make straight in the desert a highway for our God.

Every valley shall be exalted,
and every mountain and hill made low;
the crooked straight, and the rough places plain.

Handel (1685-1759) was a renowned German/English composer of the 18th century, whose popularity far exceeded that of J.S. Bach during their lifetime. These two pieces constitute the first recitative and air from the composer’s beloved oratorio, Messiah.


Communion Anthem

“E’en So, Lord Jesus, Quickly Come” Paul Manz

Peace be to you and grace from Him
Who freed us from our sins,
Who loved us all and shed His blood
That we might saved be.

Sing Holy, Holy to our Lord,
The Lord, Almighty God,
Who was and is and is to come,
Sing Holy, Holy, Lord!

Rejoice in heaven, all ye that dwell therein,
Rejoice on earth, ye saints below,
For Christ is coming, is coming soon,
For Christ is coming soon!

E’en so, Lord Jesus, quickly come,
And night shall be no more;
They need no light nor lamp nor sun,
For Christ will be their All!”

Manz (1919-2009) was a renowned American organist, conductor, and composer best known for his improvisations and hymn festivals. This motet is his most well-known choral work, having been sung at the Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols at King’s College in 2004.



Comfort, comfort ye my people (Tröstet, tröstet meine Lieben) was written by Johann Olearius (1611–1684), a Lutheran pastor at Halle and translated by Catherine Winkworth (1827–1878). The hymn is a paraphrase of Isaiah 40:1-5, in which the prophet looks forward to the coming of Christ. More specifically, the coming of the forerunner of Christ – John the Baptist – is foretold. Though Isaiah’s voice crying in the desert is anonymous, the third stanza ties this prophecy and one from Malachi (Malachi 4:5) to a New Testament fulfillment. “ Elijah’s voice is crying In the desert far and near” brings to mind Jesus’ statement, “’But I tell you that Elijah has already come.’ Then the disciples understood that he was speaking to them of John the Baptist.”

The tune GENEVAN 42 is an adaptation by Louis Bourgeois (1510–1559) of a tune by Claude Goudimel (1501–1572), a French Calvinist who was killed in the St. Bartholomew’s Day Massacre.

O Saviour, rend the heaven’s wide (O HEILAND REIß) is by Friedrich Spee von Langenfeld (1591-1635). He was a German Jesuit priest, professor, and poet, most noted as an opponent of trials for witchcraft. Spee was the first person in his time to present strong written and spoken arguments against torture, especially with regards to its unreliability in obtaining “truth” from someone undergoing painful questioning. His hymn is based on Isaiah 64: 1 (‘Oh that thou wouldest rend the heavens, that thou wouldest come down’) and the ‘Rorate coeli desuper’ of Isaiah 45: 8 (‘Drop down, ye heavens, from above, and let the skies pour down righteousness’). It uses the traditional images of bringing light out of darkness and bringing new life. It conveys the overwhelming power of the Advent of Christ at the end of time, when He will break down the doors of the grave and abolish sin and death forever. O HEILAND  REIß is a German chorale melody in the Dorian mode published anonymously in Rheinfelsisches Deutsches Catholisches Gesangbuch (1666 edition)
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