I’ve sorted songs for the musical advent calendar out before according to the place they came from, the time depth, the instruments, the characters, the progress of holiday preparations and celebrations. This year, I’m going with moods.

Here, then, is “Waiting in Silence,” by Carey Landry and Carol Jean Kinghorn. The tune is pedestrian and the words are no great shucks either, but it is a song poised between desperation and hope. The singer is seeking, longing, hoping, thirsting… clearly, things aren’t all that great right now.

But the message is filled with trust and hope. Things may be rough, but God is expected, and the singer expects things to be much better once He arrives.

Waiting in silence, waiting in hope,
We are your people, we long for you Lord!
God ever with us, Emmanuel, Come Lord Jesus, Maranatha!

Waiting in silence, waiting in hope,
We are your people, we trust in your love,
O Son of Justice, O Prince of Peace
Come with your justice, Maranatha!

Waiting in silence, waiting in hope,
We are your people, Lord, we seek your truth,
Wisdom incarnate, we seek your way, Show us the path of life, Maranatha!

Waiting in silence, waiting in hope,
We are your people, we long for new life
O Key of David, Open our hearts!
Give us new vision, Lord, Maranatha!

Waiting in silence, waiting in hope,
We are your people, our hearts thirst for you,
Flower of Jesse, bloom in our midst,
Make us your garden, Lord, Maranatha!

“Maranatha” is variously translated as “Come, Lord” or “Our Lord has come.”

Landry and Kinghorn are a husband and wife team, writers of Catholic liturgical music. Wikipedia tells me that this is a folk music tradition, using simple tunes, and that is true here. You can hum this tune while cleaning your house or get friends together and create some lovely harmonies.

Tonight, La Bella and I hung out with the brass septet at their Gloria rehearsal. . We pored over the music as they played, hoping we could find our way through our own parts. We sang them in our heads, having been enjoined to be quiet as church mice. La Bella shared her thoughts on the church’s Advent plans between movements anyway.

I had intended to take my knitting, but managed to bring instead a Ziploc bag containing the skein of yarn I’m not working on. The skein I am working on must have fallen out somewhere. I felt less productive, but I probably paid attention better.

Rutter is a better composer than Landry and Kinghorn, it seems to me, but he’s not trying to work with simple tunes, is he?