Sunday, March 5, 2006


March 12, 2006 - II LENT
Saturday Mass at 4:30 / Sunday Masses at 7:30, 9, and 10:30

Introit: SWABIA - 'Tis good, Lord, to be here (Missalette, #120)
Penitential Rite: parrot the celebrant
Responsorial Psalm: Proulx/Gelineau - I will walk before the Lord in the land of the living
Gospel Acclamation: Tone 2 - Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ, king of endless glory
Offertory: ERHALT UNS, HERR - The glory of these forty days (Missalette, #110)
Sanctus: Mass XVIII (Latin)
Anamnesis: chant - Mortem tuam annuntiamus, Domine...
Amen: single
Lord's Prayer: chant in English
Agnus Dei: Mass XVIII (Latin)
Communion: Gelineau - Psalm 1/Blessed are they who delight in the law of the Lord
Recessional: IN BABILONE - There's a wideness in God's mercy (Music Issue, #423)

Some of you may think of our Introit hymn as a "gathering hymn". The title could indicate such. However, this Second Sunday of Lent is customarily the Sunday in which Roman Catholics hear the Gospel of the Transfiguration. Peter says to Jesus, "Lord, how good it is for us to be here!" Now, considering that the Transfiguration falls on a fixed date (August 6), and it isn't a Holyday of Obligation, it's good that we get to hear that story on some Sunday in the course of the year. Lent is just as good a time as any other. Incidentally, the Transfiguration, August 6, falls on a Sunday this year and supercedes the normal Sunday of Ordinary Time. Hopefully we'll see this hymn in the missalette for that day.
The Offertory also hits the mark - with Moses and Elijah joining Jesus up on the holy mountain in the second verse.
I'll be filling you all in about this coming Friday's liturgical music talk with Helen Hull Hitchcock.


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