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Introit: Ad te levavi with 12th century trope prelude

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Some of my most favorite chants are from the 1st Sunday of Advent. Hear this beautiful Introit (entrance) antiphon "Ad te levavi (To Thee I lift up my soul)". There also exists a trope from the 12th century about Pope St Gregory the Great, "Sanctissimus namque Gregorius" and is traditionally sung as a prelude to this introit, the very first of the liturgical year. All of the Propers for this Sunday - with the exception of the Communion antiphon - share the same text from Psalm 24 and express the confidence that we should have in God's mercy to help us overcome our enemies: the world, the flesh and the devil. Advent is a time for spiritual preparation for Christmas and is therefore a time of Penance, not partying as the world does during this time. Let us spend more time in silence and prayer during this season so that we may prepare our hearts ("prepare the way of the Lord") and be ready for Him when He comes on Dec 25. May God bless you and have a blessed Advent.

The acoustics in this recording are a realistic capturing of an actual location (known as a convolution reverb). This particular reverb is from the Sterling Castle Chapel in Scotland.

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