What’s missing from our music this Sunday?
During Lent we don’t sing the “Gloria” or the “Alleluia”; both are
reserved until the day of resurrection: Easter Sunday.
Lent is a season of penitence and calls us
to journey with the Catechumens toward Easter Sunday when we will renew
our baptismal promises and celebrate their full initiation into the
Church. We’ll sing the Kyrie or the choir alone will call us to
prayer with a special rendition.
Lent is an introspective season calling us
to inner conversion and more contemplative prayer. That is not to say
that 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. 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.
Please allow the closing song to sing for itself by not talking over it as you leave.
Robert York, our exceptional parish
organist , will present special repertoire for solo organ at the close
of mass. Beautiful selections such as “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, and “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
inspiring as we prepare to renew our own call to following Jesus on
blessed Easter morn. (February 13, 2005)