The Music of Lent
The Music of Lent

As you know, a goal of the music ministry is to shape the liturgical season with music. During Lent we don’t sing the Gloria; it is reserved until the day of resurrection: Easter Sunday. Lent is a season of penitence and so we focus on the music for the penitential rite: Kyrie elision, Lord, have mercy.

Music during Lent is often more introspective calling us to inner conversion. That doesn’t mean we can’t have a great rousing song now and then, but generally our music will be more subdued. It is like our fasting; we will do a little less singing.  Therefore, I have asked the music groups to use an instrumental at the end of Mass. We are used to singing a closing song, but hearing an instrumental will jar us a bit and remind us that we are now in a different season.

Robert York, our exceptional parish organist, will enhance our Lenten experience by playing some special repertoire for solo organ. We look forward to hearing “Though I Walk in the Valley of Death” by Sr. Teresine Fonder, SNJM, “I Call to Thee, Lord Jesus Christ” by J.S. Bach, “Prelude in B Minor, Op. 18” by Cesar Franck, “Adagio in D Minor” by Antonio Vivaldi, arr. by J. S. Bach, “Come Sweetest Death, Come, Blessed Rest” by J.S. Bach.

Let the music of Lent inspire and transform your own personal Lenten journey. We’ll try our best to make it a beautiful season of penitence and preparation for a blessed Eastertide.            (February 29, 2004)

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