ORDER OF MUSIC: July 9-10, 2016
The list of music for St. Mary’s is provided for celebrants/homilists/English Music Ministry to reference for their own information and use. Singers in Schola and Ensemble can listen to the YouTube and mp3 examples as references.
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Music Director Musings-
One of my fellow music director friends, Todd Flowerday (Seattle), writes a compelling, informative weblog, “Catholic Sensibility.” In one of his articles we discussed the processes of choosing repertoire (hymns, songs, service music) for Sunday Mass. In that we “look” at the proper Scripture Lessons of each day in a number of ways, including: 1. The Mirror, in which the music reflects and responds to the readings; and 2. The Looking Glass, where the texts of the actual lessons are used to amplify and explore the readings themselves. Back in the days where musicians and homilists culled “themes” from readings we would say that the overarching ones for this Sunday might be “covenant” or “relationship.” The two Entrance hymns respectively acknowledge the power and majesty of our God, and our obligations to praise Him and to seek His guidance every waking moment in what we do and say. In “Speak, Lord,” we react as both children of Adam and Eve, but more importantly siblings to our Savior, Jesus Christ, by imploring Him to fill us with His Word. And we “relate” to God in ways that are reflective of our experiences of light, power, grace and other forces that shape our wills and lives. A very similar notion is at work in “Praise to You, O Christ….”, where we, in the poem, name and proclaim Christ as the Logos, or the True and Real Presence as the Living Word as St. John’s Gospel does in the first verse, “In the beginning there was the Word.” In the verses of this hymn we repeatedly invoke Him with “You are the One Whom (prophets hoped and longed for), You are the One….” and so on. The other Offertory song is actually borrowed from the alternate responsorial psalm for the day, “Your Words are spirit and life” set to a lively “jazz waltz” version by Bernadette Farrell, composer of both Offertory hymns this day.
We depart from “exegetical” songs at Communion (words that work out the purpose of the lessons) to a liturgical hymn, “The Supper of the Lord,” a solid Eucharistic hymn inspired by the gospel of John 6. And for a Hymn of Thanksgiving, the famed “If Ye Love Me,” by English Renaissance composer Tallis, embodies in a most beautiful and elegant way the articulation “If you love me, keep my commandments. And I will pray the Father, and He will give you a Comforter.” This is the covenantal relationship par excellence. In my composition, “Teach me Your Way, O Lord” we echo the Old Testament reading wherein God instructs us to love Him with all our hearts, souls and minds.”
The Recessional song for the 10:30 Mass, by the wonderful MD Ridge, “In the Day of the Lord,” joyfully abounds with images of the New Jerusalem that will occur at His Second Coming where we will have beat our swords to plowshares and there will be an end to war!” We need to proclaim our praise and prayer, as well as our hearts and hands, in communion with God our Father, to hasten that day to come soon.
GOD WE PRAISE YOU
PRAISE TO YOU, O CHRIST OUR SAVIOR
YOUR WORDS ARE SPIRIT AND LIFE, O LORD
THE SUPPER OF THE LORD
IF YE LOVE ME
IN THE DAY OF THE LORD