Thursday, October 9, 2014

SUNDAY XXVIII and PENTECOST XVIII (and of Hymns within Hymns)


This is a topic that is relevant to those attending the 12:30 Latin Mass in the Extraordinary Form, as well as those attending our Tuesday night Marian Devotions (7 PM on all Tuesdays of October).

St. Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274), as some know, was the author of some great Eucharistic hymns.  The most familiar of his works are Adoro Te Devote, O Salutaris Hostia, Tantum Ergo Sacramentum, and Panis Angelicus.

Of those four titles, the last three, although sung as separate hymns themselves, are the final two verses of longer hymns, usually of six verses.  Two of those, O Salutaris and Tantum Ergo, are used regularly at Eucharistic Benediction (and both are sung to a multitude of tunes ancient and modern, in Latin, and in the vernacular).  O Salutaris Hostia is extracted from the hymn Verbum Supernum ProdiensTantum Ergo Sacramentum is taken from the hymn Pange Lingua Gloriosi, the hymn that is sung on Holy (Maundy) Thursday, at the Solemn Translation (transferral) of the Holy Eucharist.  Finally, Panis Angelicus (whose beloved musical setting by Cesar Franck is sung at many a wedding and funeral) is the conclusion of Sacris Solemniis.  In fact, the tune name of the Panis setting found in many hymnals even today by the French Jesuit Fr. Louis Lambilotte (also known for the music to Come, Holy Ghost and On this day, O beautiful Mother) is named after the longer Sacris Solemniis.


SUNDAY XXVIII (of Ordered Time) - Ordinary Form
Saturday 5 PM; Sunday 7:30, 9, and 11:15 AM

Sung Ordinary of the Mass: same as the past few weeks.
- Incidentally, for those who read music, the sung Ordinary is on the laminated cards in the pew - that is, Holy Angels Mass, set to music by yours truly, with the exception of the Amen (the conclusion of the Eucharistic Prayer), which is the Dresden Amen, arranged by the late Theodore Marier, founder of the St. Paul Choir School in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the only all-boys Catholic choir school in the United States still up and running (and flourishing).

The Alleluia is also the same as in previous weeks.
- For those who remember Monthly Missalette back in the 1970's, and even the 1960's and 1980's, this alleluia was one of the more oft-used of the six that were printed in that missalette.  The music was set by the late Robert Twynham, who was longtime organist and choirmaster of the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen in Baltimore, Maryland.

Numbers given are in the maroon hymnal ("The Hymnal"), except for the recessional hymn.
Entrance hymn: We gather together, #315
Psalm 23: I shall live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, music by Sam Schmitt
Offertory hymn: My God, thy table now is spread, #203
- Same tune as the more familiar When I survey the wondrous cross 
Communion anthem: In heav'nly love abiding, #431
- Though serving as an anthem for the singers in harmony, the number is given for those who wish to join in.
Meditation hymn: Blest are the pure in heart, #418
Recessional hymn: Hail, holy Queen enthroned above, Missalette, #38

SUNDAY XVIII (after Pentecost) - Extraordinary Form
Sunday 12:30 PM - Low Mass

Numbers given are in the red Worship hymnal.
Entrance hymn: Your hands, O Lord, in days of old, #750
Offertory: organ improvisation on Verbum Superbum Prodiens (Mode VIII)
Communion anthem: O Salutaris Hostia, sung to an altered form of the tune Wareham, attributed to A.J. Weiss.  This is the tune we're using for Marian Devotions on Tuesdays this month.
Recessional hymn: Holy God, we praise thy Name, #524