OctobersSungMass a5 pdf, 20 pages.

Continuing from First draft for next sung Mass

  • Asperges,
  • Gradual and Alleluia from the Liber Brevior
  • Kyrie, Gloria and Ite Missa Est from Missa Orbis Factor (Mass XI)
  • Credo 1
  • Sanctus and Agnus Dei from Mass XVIII
  • Other propers to psalm tones matching the mode from the prescribed chant.
  • Communion hymn Jesu Dulcis Memoria
  • Recessional “Thee, O Christ, the Prince of ages” an anonymous Australian hymn, sung to the same tune as “Praise, my soul, the King of heaven”.
  • Hope the weather allows for some chat time after Mass. It’s feeling kinda one sided, putting in the preparation and not having rehearsals to get feedback on how it’s going.

    From Richard Terry’s book Catholic Church Music:

    If the writer may be permitted to express and opinion, he does not think it desirable that the people should sing in the Mass where a really good choir is in existence, but in small country churches he firmly believes that it would be a wise plan to abandon the scratch choirs which vainly struggle with music beyond their powers, and to each the congregation to sing the Mass and other offices, either to Plain Chant or simple unison music. In several churches known to him this practice has been carried out for years with most satisfactory results, and it eminently desirable that it should become more general.

    So with the system at the moment, I give out booklets and CDs and hope that someone will listen and learn over the weeks and turn up at Mass ready to join the singing – maybe even to intone something. It’s very unnerving in the lead up as there is a very real possibility that I will be singing solo which I DO NOT WANT.

    Another plan is to market this to homeschoolers – have a day time practice. Even if they only come for the Sung Mass, as long as they get there early for a run through. I can even check on how they go with the CD and booklet over the telephone. Then they get training, a monthly performance, some exposure to Latin and liturgy.

    Another part of me wants to steer clear of relying on children’s voices. There’s a tendency for adults to kind of abandon their own learning. Ideally we’d have the adults all joining in so the children can grow tall sort of growing up in their shade. Adults have great advantages – they can usually read, they have more mature voices, they often have a good dose of “I can’t sing” so aren’t too strident – though that can be a pain too.

    And at the end I keep thinking this should have been done years ago. Every Catholic parish should be teaching Gregorian Chant. We should have trained organists coming out of our ears.

    Please spare a prayer for my local parish – there’s a meeting tonight and a new priest on the way.

    And happy feast of Our Lady of the Rosary. Hey, if the rosary can defeat 300 odd Turkish and Algerian galleys, then our little niggles should be fine. Enjoy Lepanto by Gilbert Keith Chesterton.

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