Hope everyone enjoyed Christmas! I did, despite being tired (2-1/2 hours sleep, tops between coming home from Midnight Mass and waking up for morning Masses). Half the choir came back and sang the 10:00 Mass, so instead of the hymns of the non-choir Masses for Offertory and Communion, we went with the anthems from midnight in those places ("Laetentur Caeli" and "O Holy Night", respectively).
Last night: 4:30 Mass, then pick up wife and kids and go to my brother's house, come back, I get a half hour to kill before having to leave for Midnight Mass (my son Chris came with me - he's a hilarious impromptu parodist, so he did a great job of keeping me awake).
Return from Midnight Mass, wake up again at 5:30 AM to let the kids open their gifts, then off to my two Masses, go to mother-in-law's, then to my mother's. My wife's been under the weather for the past couple of days. Please pray for her recovery.
JANUARY 1, 2006 - SOLEMNITY OF MARY, THE MOTHER OF GOD
Back to regular Sunday schedule:
4:30 on New Year's Eve / 7:30, 9, and 10:30 on New Year's Day
Choir at 10:30
Introit: PLEADING SAVIOR - Sing of Mary, pure and lowly (Music Issue, #699)
Penitential Rite: parrot Father
Gloria: Peloquin - Mass of the Bells
Responsorial Psalm: Alstott - May God bless us in his mercy (Missalette, page 45)
Alleluia: DIVINUM MYSTERIUM, adapted by Page
Offertory: EN IST EIN' ROS' - Lo! how a rose e'er blooming (Missalette, #64)
Sanctus: Peloquin - Mass of the Bells
Anamnesis: Jubilate Deo chant - Mortem tuam annuntiamus, Domine...
Amen: Peloquin - Mass of the Bells
Lord's Prayer: Sacramentary chant - English
Agnus Dei: Peloquin - Mass of the Bells
Communion: GREENSLEEVES - What Child is this (Missalette, #88)
Meditation: Croatian - Ave Maria/As I kneel before you
Recessional: MENDELSSOHN - Hark! the herald angels sing (Missalette, #61)
ABOUT THE MUSIC:
All of the hymns today have some allusion to the Blessed Virgin Mary, including the carols: What Child is this - "the Babe, the Son of Mary"; "Hark! the herald angels sing" - "Offspring of the Virgin's womb". The Alstott setting of the Psalm antiphon "May God bless us in his mercy" could be interpreted as chant, despite it being adapted from the carol God rest ye merry, Gentlemen.
It's kind of a relief that Christmas and New Year's fall on Sundays this time around - something that happens only once every five to six years. Especially with the concert falling in between. My travelling music in my van this weekend was WCRB-FM (102.5 in Boston). They saved the "continuous Christmas music" (REAL Christmas music, mind you) for the 30-hour stretch from 6 PM on Christmas Eve to Midnight on Christmas Day night. My favorite of the carols I heard was that lovely arrangement that's in the Oxford books to In the bleak midwinter. It is absolutely gorgeous. I think the tune was the one by Harold Darke.
Well, relax up now, folks! I am. Anyone within reasonable travelling distance to Tiverton, I hope to see some of you on Wednesday evening at our concert!
+In the peace of the Newborn Prince of Peace,