Orchestral Prelude
Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme (Sleepers, Wake! for Night Is Flying)
J. S. Bach, arr. Attorino Respighi

"Sleepers, wake! for night is flying,"
the watchmen on the heights are crying;
"awake, Jerusalem, arise!"
Midnight hears the welcome voices,
and at the thrilling cry rejoices:
"Oh, where are all you virgins wise?
The Bridegroom comes, awake!
Your lamps with gladness take! Alleluia!
With bridal care yourselves prepare
to meet the Bridegroom, who is near."