concluded the Liturgy of the Word we transition to the Liturgy of the
Eucharist with the Presentation of the Gifts. This is relatively a low
point in the rhythm of the Mass. We take time to assess all that we
have to be thankful to God for, we take up the collection, we present
and prepare the gifts at the table.
Musically we have a couple of options.
There can be a congregational song, a choral piece or even an
instrumental. Texts chosen for choral or congregational song should
reinforce the Gospel message or at least reflect the liturgical season.
The music will help us to make the transition from the table of the word
to the table of the eucharist.
After the Second Vatican Council the music
mandated for the Eucharistic Acclamations called for the participation
of the Assembly as primary. To musicians this meant that all those
great mass settings by composers like Mozart and Palestrina would have
to be abandoned for use at Mass and moved to the concert hall.
New music needed to be composed that would
include the voices of everyone present at worship. We are currently
singing (at most of the Masses) the “Mass of Creation” which has become
the most universal mass setting used throughout the United States. If
you travel and attend Mass, chances are you’ll be able to participate in
the singing when the music ministry has chosen this popular setting.
The Eucharistic Acclamations include the “Holy, Holy,” the “Memorial
Acclamation” (Christ has died, or dying you destroyed our death, and the
Something surprising: the “Mass of Creation” was composed by Marty Haugen, a Lutheran. (January 30, 2005)