How did things go at Blessed Sacrament?
Not bad, actually. Both Masses went over well. A couple of updates from my previous post:
1 - The Psalm 72 setting "TBA" was the one by Angelo della Picca from the 1975 People's Mass Book - I have to say it's a very good setting. His tone for the verses is Gelineau-like (one beat per bar). Of course, the antiphon has that notorious one beat pickup note that ties into the next bar (typical della Picca style of that time).
2 - I successfully got Angels we have heard on high OUT of the Alleluia slot. Unfortunately I landed up settling for the Celtics Alleluia, but at that point I'd rather do that than replacing the Alleluia with a hymn.
3 - ok, more than a couple of updates - the "either/or" at the Communion slot was settled - it was What Child is this - the better of the two choices for the day.
According to the (whoa!) pastoral assistant, there was "a lot of positive feedback". I'll take that as a good sign, especially coming from a pastoral assistant. As she left, she said to me, "We'll most likely be calling you".
At this time, it's doubtful that anything permanant will come of this. Don's an excellent organist with a very good reputation. He's due (as of now) to return by Easter. In the meantime, I'll just keep sending my resume afloat throughout the churchosphere and enjoy the ride while I can.
A real plus - one of my cantors had told me she had never heard of Gather Us In or All are Welcome.
The Aeolian-Skinner organ was fun to play, btw.