Sunday, April 17, 2011

MUSIC FOR HOLY MASS (and this past weekend's high)

Easter and the Vigil (April 23/24, 2011)
Sacred Heart Church, West Warwick, RI

I have to say my first weekend at Sacred Heart ended on the highest of highs since my days at Holy Name. I've gotten the most positive feedback from a priest and his flock since Fr. Fisette and the Holy Name parishioners. In June, 1999, I can remember Frank McGeharty saying to me after Mass, "I feel like I just jumped out of a Model-T Ford and into a Cadillac!" I've gotten similar comments from parishioners and from Fr. Bucci. First thing after 5:00 Mass last night, Fr. said to me, "Brian, the music was EXCELLENT!" and shook my hand.

Speaking of handshakes, I got to shake hands with our local TV weatherman before the 11:15 Mass. Yes, I had the HONOR of meeting Channel 12's Tony Petrarca this morning. Very down-to-earth man, that Tony! He really is genuine. On TV, he's the master weatherman. At Sacred Heart Church, he's just another man, just like me. Celebrities like that are a rare breed, and I wish there were more!

Oh, I discovered the Rodgers I'm playing isn't an Insignia (I originally thought it might have been - I had one at Holy Ghost, and the console was actually similar to the Insignia that's at Holy Cross in Providence, where I've covered a few times), but a Trillium (I believe the 807 - looks a lot like the current Masterpiece 234).

OK - now for next weekend's music.

Let's start with the Vigil, shall we...

the usual Lumen Christi and Exsultet
Psalms corresponding to Readings 1, 2, and 3 from Respond and Acclaim
Gloria from Mass of the Shepherds by Pietro Yon
Alleluia from Respond and Acclaim
Vidi Aquam / Mode VIII
The day of Resurrection / "Ellacombe"
Sanctus and Agnus from Messa Christo Riscusiti by Luigi Picchi (pronounced PEE-kee)
Adoro Te, O Panis Caelice / melody from Louvain
O Sacrum Convivium / Remondi
Regina Caeli / Mode VI
Jesus Christ Is ris'n today / "Easter Hymn"

Now, Easter Sunday...

The day of Resurrection / "Ellacombe"
Gloria from Mass in Honor of Pope Paul VI by Edward Connor (7:30 0nly)
Gloria from Mass of the Shepherds by Pietro Yon (9:00 and 11:15)
This is the day (Psalm 118) from Respond and Acclaim
Christians, to the Paschal Victim (sequence in English) / chant from Roman Missal
Vidi Aquam / Mode VIII
That Easter Day with joy was bright / "Puer Nobis"
Remainder same as Vigil



Richard Chonak said...

Ah, Picchi, the composer of "Tu scendi dalle stelle"...

Brian Michael Page said...

Rich, you might want to check that...
I came up with St. Alphonsus Liguori as the original author and composer. Maybe Picchi did an arrangement later?

Brian Michael Page said...

Turns out, Picchi wasn't the composer of "Tu scendi", but he DID arrange the melody written by St. Alphonsus.

Puff the Magic Dragon said...

Rejoice, He is Risen!