The “gesima”s are so cool. Growing up Novus Ordo, Ash Wednesday just springs out at you and suddenly it’s Lent. Back in the 1962 calendar you had a little warning with Septuagesima, Sexagesima and Quinquagesima Sundays. They mean Seventieth, Sixtieth and Fiftieth respectively, counting down the days to Easter. Now we only have seven days in a week so they’re fudging the numbers a little here, but you get the idea. Some Orthodox phase out the goodies bit by bit – first its carnival – bye bye meat, then cheesefare – farewell to cheese and dairy, ready for Great Lent.

Also, if you can, the Saturday before Septuagesima is the day to farewell the Alleluia. Vespers has one last Alleluia party before packing them all away for Easter. Now we say “Laus tibi Domine, Rex aeterne gloriae” instead.

So, if we keep the Second Sunday of the month pattern then the next sung Mass is Sexagesima, 12th February this year. We’ll be doing Mass XI and Credo 1 (see Antoine Daniel for music and recordings. I’d like to try for proper Introit and Communion antiphons – see the videos at Rene Goupil. The videos use recordings from French monks and sound tonnes better than the mp3s, but either will help.

brevgradtract.pdf – the relevant page out of the Liber Brevior with the Gradual and Tract.

So the only thing left to type is the Offertory. A quick trip to jgabc and fix up the gabc into propers.pdf.

And then I realise the next sung Mass is actually Candlemas 2nd February – Mass 9. But hopefully that will be a Girraween choir Mass.

So to recap

  1. first, make sure you know Mass XI and Credo I.
  2. then look at Introit and Communion videos from Rene Goupil. If they look awful that’s okay. We should have a go the week before and see and I can always do another psalm tone.
  3. then have a look at Liber Brevior’s brevgradtract.pdf and the offertory in propers.pdf

Don’t worry if you only get as far as the first point – that’s still a great start.

We usually end with a hymn in English. The collect mentions St Paul. We can always go for a Marian hymn. We can flip for it.

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