Sunday, July 22, 2007


Funeral Mass - July 23, 2007, 9 AM

Really sad one. Tomorrow's funeral is the first of its kind for me as an organist - it's for a four-day-old infant born four months premie. This one hits home, as we had lost a three-month-old nephew on my wife's side on Christmas Eve 1990.

The youngest soul whose funeral I've played until tomorrow is that of a 16-year-old girl who had her driver's license for a couple of days before losing control of her car on I-295 before fatally crashing on the median.

Anyhoo - surprisingly, there was only one request, and I agreed to honor it. Also, knowing there were going to be critical difficulties, the baby had been baptized shortly after birth.

SINE NOMINE - For all the saints
UNSER HERRSCHER - Open now thy gates of beauty
- (#222 in Worship II, but using the lower key accompaniment - B-flat)
Joncas - You who dwell in the shelter of the Lord (the lone request)

Gelineau/Twynham - To you, O Lord, I lift my soul
- (using All Souls verses, #1059 in Worship III)
Mode VI - Alleluia (verse will be sung to Psalm Tone 6F)
Vermulst - Sanctus and Agnus from People's Mass
Danish - Memorial B and Amen
At funeral Masses, we usually recite the Lord's Prayer.
Proulx - Saints of God, come to his aid
Mode VII - In Paradisum (YES - at the recessional, where it belongs!)


1 comment:

Cathy said...

God, how tragic.
Prayers for the little baby and the suffering parents.