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)