Wednesday, October 01, 2008


.....I'm still recovering from the weekend youth retreat. I came home to several crises, so instead of taking the day off on Monday, the tyranny of the urgent reigned. Today, I am resolved to try to catch up with ordinary life, whatever that means, checking e-mails and staying away from news channels which all seem to deliver dire news that the world is about to end. Maranatha, come, Lord Jesus!

Anyway, I thought I'd post what the music was for the Masses at the retreat. It was lovely to be able to plan it without any conflict. We all seemed to be one in mind and spirit and the schola was very easygoing. They'd remind me that I had forgotten to give them an Alleluia Verse, so I'd hurriedly scribble one using Tone IV or V.

To reiterate, the organizers were firm about the Mass music being as traditional as we could make it and the liturgy to be as solemn as it could be done. Which meant bells, incense, chant, organ music, and no EHMCs. Well, with all those priests, both religious and diocesan there, we had no need for them. I'm sure the heavy inundation of Latin caused a great deal of consternation. But we all knew that this retreat was one of those rare occasions that the youth would ever encounter a solemn Mass. We pulled out all the stops.

Friday's Mass:

Processional hymn: Alleluia, Sing to Jesus (Hyfrydol)
Kyrie from Missa de angelis
Gloria from Missa de angelis
Psalm Responsory: Blessed be the Lord, my Rock (Tone III)
Alleluia: Mode II
Offertory hymn: Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence
Preface chanted
Sanctus from Missa de angelis
Memorial Acclamation: chanted, 1974 Sacramentary
Pater Noster chanted
Agnus Dei from Missa de angelis
Communion hymns: Pange lingua gloriosi; Adoro te devote; Jesus, Jesus, Come to Me (St. Gregory hymnal); Salve Regina
Recessional hymn: What Wondrous Love is This

Nothing earth shattering.


Anonymous said...

"Nothing earth shattering."

And yet in this day and age in America it is.

Excellent exposure for the youth who are so used to pop music banality during Holy Mass or Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament.

It is so encouraging to hear that this weekend was offered as a weekend dedicated to the Lord of the Universe without any rock and roll or protestantized "liturgical", music.

God bless you for your heroic efforts.

Treasure in Heaven..

frival said...

It may be "[n]othing earth shattering" to you but it would be a revelation in this part of the woods. The only time I hear music like this is when I can get to a TLM. You make me want to move just to hear the full glory of our patrimony. "Well done, good and faithful servant..."