Music Matters IV
Music Matters IV

This week one of my choir members asked a general question about music for the mass and it reminded me that even those involved in Music Ministry do not always know why a particular piece of music is chosen and what its function is within the liturgy.   With this in mind today we begin a series of “Liturgy Matters” on music for the mass.

INTRODUCTORY RITES—the music for the introductory rites consists of the Gathering Song, the Penitential Rite, and the Gloria.

The Gathering Song is sung by the whole congregation.  It sets the mood for the mass by utilizing texts that inform us of a particular theme.  For example: “All Are Welcome,” which tells about what kind of a place we are gathered in at church, what we will do together and who is welcome in this place of worship.   The tempo is lively and the melody inviting.  This hymn, like so many, has a refrain which remains the same for each verse.   It is typical of the “American Contemporary” style.  Sometimes we use the same gathering song for several consecutive weeks.  This is either to teach the assembly something new or to reinforce seasonal themes.  The goal here is to have a sense of the season by the sound of the music.  What mood does it evoke?  At what time of year is it utilized?  One can identify these features by paying attention to the Gathering Song week to week.
  
Music for the Penitential Rite varies with the season of the year too.  Most times it is a simple Kyrie chanted by the priest and repeated by the assembly.  In the season of Advent and Lent the choir might sing the Kyrie either alone or with the people responding.  The form can be the Greek Kyrie eleison and Christe eleison, or there may be verses (or tropes) added that praise God for the things done to accomplish our salvation.  Gregorian chant is useful here or contemporary melodies may used to express our desire for forgiveness.

Instead of a penitential rite sometimes the Rite of Sprinkling is chosen.   Music for this ritual may have textual and musical themes about the saving waters of baptism or sometimes the Gloria is sung as the priest goes through the assembly with holy water.   (January 19, 2005)  —More next time

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