We have a sung Mass for Ash Wednesday! Hooray!

First cab off the rank is the little introit sort of thing at the beginning before the blessing of ashes.

Ideally we would sing straight from the Liber Usualis. We’re not quite up to that yet, especially with only a few days notice and maybe an hour’s practice before Mass on the night. If all else fails we can even sing it monotone. For now have a listen to this simplified antiphon:

exaudinos.mp3 (only 2.4Mb)
I sing it through once as it will be sung then I do the antiphon part one more time for good measure.
And the sheet music: exaudinos1.pdf

We will be singing Mass 18 – the easiest one in the book. Lent is a great time for simple easy music – and the organist has a holiday!

Probably the rest will be psalm tones, but I’m looking at the chant for the distribution of ashes next. Responsories are fun – they have something like a recurring catch and if I can just do that bit properly and the rest psalm toned… Just wish I had more time here.

It’s also time to get out the lenten hymns. Our Latin repertoire is Parce Domine, Attende Domine and Audi Benigne Conditor. If I just bung all three into the end of the booklet and we can take our pick on the night depending what our makeshift choir knows.

Ready set GO!

UPDATE! propers2.pdf – 16 pages with Mass 18 and all the propers psalm toned or simplified with safety net psalm tone version provided. Lots of extra verses for Communion too. I haven’t included the extra hymnish things (Parce Domine, Attende Domine, Audi benigne conditor) as the words are in the pew books and I’ll bring copies of the Parish Book of Chant along and Libers and that will be better for now.

Printed pew sheets – words and translations, courtesy of Maternal Heart of Mary resources.

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