Arise from Sleep!

The basis for one of J. S. Bach’s most famous chorale preludes, “Wake, Awake” is a classic Advent hymn, and, like the previous two in our series, is a “multi-use” Advent hymn. Among other things, we used it as the opening hymn for our wedding Mass. Based upon the parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins, it calls upon the Virgins to awake, for the bridegroom comes and proceeds in the analogy of Christ to the Bridegroom, a crucial analogy in understanding just about everything about Catholicism, including the Church’s teachings on morality and social theory.

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