I started this past weekend as the new organist/music director for my parish. What did I observe from the choir loft?
The Vigil Mass congregation, though the least attended, sang the loudest and with greatest conviction and gusto. The Early Morning Mass gave the Vigil Mass a good run for the gold. I thought they would blast me out of the loft. Which pleased me immensely as I had spilled my coffee on the way to church and arrived grumpy. The "principal Mass" or the one most heavily attended was the one that sang the least.
Something to ponder about.
I was grateful for friends' support and encouragement and also for the faithful cantors who are easy and genial.
I've inherited an office with many musical relics....folk mass hymnals, a few Glory and Praise hymnals....er, would the word hymnal apply to G & P? And my goodness, a plethora of Mass settings post 1970! In yellowing, acid-laced paper. Yes, there is a place for biology to proceed in its usual pace.