Thursday, January 9, 2014


January 12, 2014

The last day of Christmas!
One may notice a couple of hymns of an Advent nature here - the entrance and the offertory.  The reason being is that these hymns remind us of John the Baptist, that "herald's voice in the voice crying out, Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths" ready to baptize his cousin, Jesus, that "one mighter than I" that John proclaims the coming of, that John also proclaims "I am unfit to even loosen his sandal straps".


All numbers given are found in the maroon hymnal.

Ordinary of the Mass and Alleluia: same as last Sunday (the last day for these!)

Entrance hymn: On Jordan's Bank, #10

Responsorial Psalm: The Lord will bless his people with peace, music by Gregory Evans.

Offertory hymn: Hark! a thrilling voice is sounding, #9

Communion anthem: Lorica of St. Patrick, Irish tune.
- This seems to be more of a Trinitarian hymn.  However, the second verse mentions "His incarnation" and "His Baptism in the Jordan River".  Although this is being sung during Communion as an anthem, you may follow along in the maroon hymnal at #268 if you wish.

Meditation hymn: Let all mortal flesh keep silence, #197 (Listen)
- The rendition on this listen link was nicely crafted at the historic Church of Saint Peter in Columbia, South Carolina. Mark Husey (who I never met personally but is a "Facebook friend") is the organist and choirmaster.

Recessional hymn: Songs of thankfulness and praise, #53 (Listen)
- This tune, but a little slower, but just as grand.  The congregation there (the famed Saint Bartholomew's in New York City) is singing the Easter hymn At the Lamb's High Feast we sing, using the same tune.