Tuesday, September 26, 2006

OT 26 at the Cathedral

Prelude: Absolution -- Alexandre Guilmant

Entrance: God Has Spoken by His Prophets / RUSTINGTON

Gloria: Carroll Andrews (Peter Jones at 11)

Psalm 19: Michel Guimont

Celtic Alleluia

Offertory Hymn: How Firm a Foundation / FOUNDATION

Offertory Anthem (11): Lord, for Thy Tender Mercy's Sake -- Richard Farrant

Sanctus: Vermulst Peoples Mass
Acclamation C: Englert
Danish Amen

Agnus Dei: Isele in D

Communion: Gift of Finest Wheat / BICENTENNIAL

Recessional: Go Make of All Disciples / ELLACOMBE

Postlude: P & F in C Major -- attr. to Bach


Michael Olbash said...

I love that text set to RUSTINGTON -- when you get to "one firm anchor," you really feel like you're actually grounded.

PhiMuAlpha2681 said...

Same here. I used this hymn to teach RUSTINGTON over the summer (all those OT/prophet readings in July and August). The congregation has eaten it up. We also use it with "God Whose Giving Knows No Ending".

The next tune I plan to teach, also by Parry, is LAUDATE DOMINUM. Common texts are "O Praise Ye The Lord/Sing Praise to the Lord" and "The Kingdom of God". Will teach it in the summer of the next Year A, because of all "the Kingdom of God is like..." parables come up at that time.


Michael Olbash said...

Ah, yes. I once worked for a pastor who LOVED starting the Mass with that setting of "The Kingdom of God." He especially loved the "challenge and choice" stanza. There are many good things about that "Worship" hymnal... I'd love to see a new edition come out (after the Mass text changes, of course), perhaps with less of the so-called inclusive language and more of the chant.

We just bought the Presbyterian hymnal, "Hymns, Psalms, and Spiritual Songs" (not to be confused with my treasurest and most dearest "Hymns, Psalms, and Spiritual Canticles"). HPSS has "God Whose Giving Knows No Ending" set to BEACH SPRING, which is just a little too precious for my taste. Maybe it's from growing up with the Haagen d'Haas rape of the tune for "God of Day and God of Darkness." I'm glad you're able to sing it with RUSTINGTON...!

Anyhow, to answer your question about my affiliation with Homewood, IL: One of my classmates in the Master's degree program at St. Joseph's College in Rensselaer, IN, John Ligda, asked me to compose a setting of Psalm 45 for his graduate service/recital, which was a May Crowning liturgy. John Ligda took the job vacated by Dan Pollack. Dan was actually the organist for the event, and he and I shared a hefty number of adult amber-colored malt beverages at some dreadful South Side dive the night before the recital. (I think he ended up using the psalm at his church a few months later.) Dan asked me to compose a psalm for his wedding, but I haven't heard back from him. Tell him I said "HI," okay?, and let him know how to reach me. I still would love to compose the piece for him, since I'm really just a fledling, starting-out, untrained amateur composer. I could use an excuse to write more stuff.

Finally, a question.... you've probably already addressed this elsewhere in the Christus Vincit archives, but humor me... why do you use the Guilmont psalms rather than the Gelineau ones? I presume you have Worship in your pews. Do you use "Sunday's Word" or something, so that you have the current lectionary texts? Just wondrin'.

PhiMuAlpha2681 said...

No, we have Collegeville in the pews, but I make a music bulletin every week that has all the hymns and responses in them, so I use hymns from a whole variety of hymnals. I rotate between the Guimont and the Gelineau based on which antiphon is more singable that week. Once in a blue moon I'll use Respond and Acclaim or Basilica Psalter. (The 1963 Grail texts are approved, so it's not a matter of Lectionary text or not.) You'll find this funny, but my main resource tends to be Gather Comprehensive, because that is what was in the pews at my Chicago parish, which is where I received my "street smarts" training. Although, based on the music program we had there, you'd find it hard to believe that GC was in the pews (similar to looking at BMP's lists and remembering that OCP is in the pews).

Best way to get ahold of Dan would be to call him at his parish. Sacred Heart, in Lombard, IL. Google it, or get it from the Joliet diocesan website. (He and I had multiple cocktails at AGO this summer.) I also know Carrie Marcotte's name, but I can't remember how/why......she wouldn't know me, but I remember someone talking about her (not Dan).