Sunday, June 14, 2009


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Kudos to Paul Breault and the St. Joan of Arc choir (Cumberland, RI - NOT Minneapolis, thank God!) for their use of the Lambillotte Panis Angelicus, one of my suggestions from the previous episode of If You Must Use Hymns.

So today I'm going to try this again...

Twelfth Sunday of Ordinary Time - Year B

Just as I'm not big on programming just any old Marian hymn on Mother's Day, the same goes with programming hymns addressing God as Father "just because it's Father's Day". It's only fair! :)

So, here goes...

Dominus fortitudo plebis suae, et protector salutarium Christi sui est : salvum fac populum tuum, Domine, et benedic hereditati tuae, et rege eos usque in saeculum. / PS.: Ad te Domine clamabo, Deus meus ne sileas a me : nequando taceas a me, et assimilabor descendentibus in lacum.
The Lord is the strength of his people, and the guardian of salvation for his Anointed. Save your people, O Lord, and bless your inheritance; be their guide for ever. / PS.: Unto you, O Lord, will I cry; O my God, be not silent with me; if you remain silent, I will become like those who go down into the grave.

Probably God is my strong salvation (Tune: Christus, der ist my Leben, aka Christ, who is my life)

Give thanks to the Lord, his love is everlasting. (Psalm 107 (106))
My pick for a setting: any of those from Chabanel.

Use as an extra hymn somewhere suitable (hymn of praise or recessional, but NEVER in place of the Psalm of the day) I sing the mighty power of God. Common tunes are "Ellacombe" and "Mozart".

A great prophet has risen in our midst. God has visited his people.

We're getting into summer mode now. When I'm running the music program, I revert to old favorites. For example, the old stand-by Mode VI Alleluia.

Convertere Domine aliquantulum, et deprecare super servos tuos. Domine refugium factus es nobis, a generatione et progenie.
Turn back, O Lord, ever so slightly, we beseech you, and consent to be entreated by your servants. Lord, you have been a refuge to us from age to age.

The last sentence (which actually shows as the verse in the Graduale Romanum) brings me to O God, our help in ages past. Perhaps not a bad closing hymn. Another idea is a decent setting of the Psalm In every age, O Lord, you have been our refuge, maybe as a responsory during Communion somewhere?

In te Domine sperave, non confundar in aeternam : in tua justitia libera me, et eripe me : inclina ad me aurem tuam, accelera ut eripias me.
In you, O Lord, I trust, let me never be put to shame; in your justice deliver me and rescue me; lend your ear to me and hasten to help me.

This comes from Psalm 31 (30), which is the Psalm used on Good Friday.

Perfice gressus meos in semitis tuis, ut non moveantur vestigia mea: inclina aurem tuam, et exaudi verba mea: mirifica misericordias tuas, qui salvos facis sperantes in te, Domine.
Secure my footsteps in your paths so that my feet do not slip; incline your ear to me and hear my words; display your wonderful mercies, O Lord, Savior of those who place their hope in you.

This comes from Psalm 17 (16).

Circuibo, et immolabo in tabernaculo eius hostiam iubilationis: cantabo, et psalmum dicam Domino.
I shall walk around his sanctuary, offering a sacrifice of jubilation; I will sing and say a Psalm to the Lord.

This is extracted from Psalm 27 (26), which is one of the "seasonal Psalms" of Ordinary Time.

To round out the Mass, I recommend somewhere To Jesus Christ, Our Sov'reign King. Why? Let's remember the "salvation" cliche in our Introit. Verse two of To Jesus Christ... gives us this:
Thy reign extend, O King benign, to every land and nation;
For in thy kingdom, Lord divine, alone we find salvation.
Then our third verse, the "singing" and "jubilation" cliche in our Communion:
To thee and to thy Church, great King, we pledge our heart's oblation,
Until before thy throne we sing in endless jubilation.
So, let's see what I'd do for hymns if I was at the console:

Entrance hymn: To Jesus Christ, our sov'reign King
Psalm setting: Jeff Ostrowski's setting at Chabanel. Click here for the antiphon (seven different harmonies), and here for the verses.
Offertory hymn: Shelter me, O God (one of the few pieces of Bob Hurd's that I like) or a decent setting of the Psalm for the Thirty Second Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year C (Lord, when your glory appears, my joy will be full), either from Chabanel, or from Worship II or III.
Communion: The Lord is my light Grail/Gelineau setting from Worship II/III along with the antiphon by Richard Proulx.
Hymn of praise: O God, our help in ages past
Recessional hymn: I sing the mighty pow'r of God


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