Wednesday, May 20, 2015


For the first time in a few years (since before the flood of 2010, at least), we will have our brass trio for three of the four weekend Masses for the Solemnity of Pentecost, the birth of the Church.


Although on the most part a blueprint of last year's Pentecost Mass, I figured it would be good to post it anyways.  We're doing something different for a Communion anthem.  For the last few years, we've done a beautiful hymn in English called Spirit seeking light and beauty, from the "Pius X Hymnal", and set to a nice Gaelic tune: Dohmnach Trionoide.  This year we're doing something cool with the hymn Veni, Creator Spiritus.  We are alternating the usual chant melody with a metrical setting by Oreste Ravanello, who also gave us the music for the Tantum Ergo that we have been using for Benediction at Marian Devotions.

All numbers given are in the red Worship hymnal.

Sung Ordinary of the Mass and Alleluia are the same as the previous few weeks.  This is the last Sunday this year that these settings will be in use.  We'll be switching to the Laus Tibi, Christe Mass setting starting the following Sunday (Most Holy Trinity).

Entrance hymn: Come, Holy Ghost, #482
Psalm 104: Lord, send out your Spirit, and renew the face of the earth, music by Owen Alstott (as written in the Missalette, under "May 24 - Pentecost Sunday").  As per usual, by the way, we will use the Sunday readings at ALL weekend Masses, including the vigil (Saturday).
Sequence: Veni, Sancte Spiritus, in Latin (Mode I), also as written in the Missalette.
Offertory hymn: Fire of God, undying Flame, #474
- Same tune as a more familiar Advent hymn, Savior of the nations, come.
Communion anthem: Veni, Creator Spiritus, alternating settings: Odd verses (1, 3, 5, and 7) sung to the tune by Oreste Ravanello, even verses (2, 4, and 6) sung to the Mode VIII chant, which can be found in Worship, #479.
Meditation hymn: Regina Caeli, #443 (in English and Latin)
- As you may notice, I generally don't announce this hymn, for the simple reason that it is short and sweet, and many seem to sing it well by memory.
Recessional hymn: Now thank we all our God, #560