Our big, contemporary cantata

There are Christmas cantatas, and then there are Christmas cantatas. Growing up Methodist, with a little Sunday-night Baptist on the side, there was always a Christmas cantata. Although I grew up and played for fairly liturgical Methodist churches as a young organist, there was always a major choral work presented on a Sunday morning in December, “the Christmas cantata.” Yes, we sang Advent hymns and anthems in Advent, I am proud to say, but that one Sunday brought the official ... Read More
Posted by Dr. David Ouzts at Monday, December 18, 2017

Advent is a spiritual journey

As we anticipate the Christmas season, officially twelve days long no matter what the malls and department stores say, we look forward each year to celebrating the arrival of the long-awaited Christ Child. However, we can safely say that the Advent season is basically given over to Mary the Mother of Jesus and to John the Baptist. Each lectionary year, of the four Advent Sundays, both the Advent II and Advent III Gospel readings reintroduce John the Baptist to us. And in two out of the thre... Read More
Posted by Dr. David Ouzts at Thursday, December 14, 2017

The Great "O" Antiphons

Church of the Holy Communion has initiated a new musical offering for the Advent season this year, based upon the “O” Antiphons associated with the Advent hymn “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel.” For each verse of this beloved Advent hymn, as printed at Hymn 56 in The Hymnal 1982, the hymn text has a printed date attached to each stanza. Each of these hymn stanzas refers to an antiphon based upon a name given to Christ in the Old Testament and is a petition for the scriptural ... Read More
Posted by Dr. David Ouzts at Tuesday, December 5, 2017