We should glory in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, for he is our salvation, our life and our resurrection; through him we are saved and made free.
We used Tone V for the above text. Our priest censed the altar as the cantor was chanting the Introit. I put a note in the worship aid about the Introit and its noble use in the liturgy. Happily, the Introit was well-received and to top it off, the Kyrie, Sanctus, and Agnus Dei were in chant. Lots of incense, bells, and beautiful red vestments.
For the rest of the Ordinary season, we'll have the Introit here and there. Hopefully, with the start of Advent, we can have it back permanently.
The other Propers will be slowly added in. When I first suggested this, most people were wary of one more thing to be added to the liturgy. I think people saw today that chanting the Introit didn't make the Mass any longer, and in fact, allowed people to grasp the theme of today's readings.
Brick by brick. Yes, it was in English. The funny thing was when I gave the music to the cantors, one of them remarked, "This really should be in Latin, you know." The cantors did well with it and it was nice to not hear complaints. As I said before, the cantors are very easy to work with and it's to my predecessor's credit that they are as amenable to new (or rather, old) things.
Small pleasures, my friends, small pleasures.
As a bit of history, in a previous parish, when I suggested returning the Propers to the Liturgy, there was a bit of an uproar. People whom I thought were my friends were quite vociferous. "NO! That's not what Pope Benedict is asking us to do. The Latin Mass is only for those who grew up with it. He doesn't want that stuff for the vernacular Mass. You're wrong!"
A painful time. What was it that Elizabeth Bennet said in Pride and Prejudice? "Think only of the past as its remembrance gives you pleasure." Our Bishop has released the new norms for the Celebration of Sacred Liturgy.
It is laudable that a processional hymn or introit, the acclamations, the dialogues, and the litanies of the Mass be sung at daily celebrations of the Sacred Liturgy. Even when musical accompaniment is not possible, every attempt should be made to sing the acclamations and dialogues....The use of simple chant is laudable given that Gregorian chant holds pride of place in the Sacred Liturgy.Please know that vindication is not something that I had hoped or wished for. And yes, I'll have to fight with my very human tendencies, my own smallness, in feeling just a twinge of satisfaction.
Happy Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross, dear friends.