Got a call yesterday from the pastor of a church in Bristol County, asking if I could cover a funeral this Tuesday at 10:00. I figured, "OK, could always use the money". Not without a price. The pastor there gave me the hymn list. I have no clue whether these were family requests, stuff the pastor picked, or whatever, but it's definitely easy to tell that this funeral is NOT at my regular parish (as three of the four titles would definitely be banned at Sacred Heart).
Yeah - "Here I Am, Lord" (Pray that I don't go into "Here's a story of a lovely lady who was bringing up three very lovely girls"), "Eagle's Claws" (or Turkey's Wings, or Beagle's Things), "I Am the Bread of Life" (Let's hope I'm not. Quoting my good friend Tony E., "He who eats MY flesh and drinks my blood will get really sick!"), and the hideous "How Great Thou Art" (which often amounts to "How Great I Am").
Well, this Mass will NOT go without a good share of what we normally do at Sacred Heart. The list will go as follows (an asterisk (*) will depict those pieces picked by someone other than yours truly):
To the casket: the appointed proper antiphon "Requiem Aeternam" / Mode VI
* To the altar: Here Me Is, Lard
Psalm 23: My Shepherd Is the Lord
Alleluia: I'm debating right now. I have it narrowed down to three: 1) O Filii et Filiae, 2) Mode VI, or 3) the Marier Alleluia we did during the Winter weeks of Ordinary Time
* Offertory: Beagle's Things
Mortem Tuam Annuntiamus, Domine
Amen: debating between the Sanctus VIII adaptation, or the Marier Amen we started using last night.
Agnus Dei XVIII (Pro Defunctis)
Communion: 1) Lux Aeterna / Mode VIII, and * 2) I am (NOT) the Bread of Life (I have to keep reminding myself of that. I hate to sing it as it is because I'm not a very good liar.)
Final Commendation: I believe that my Redeemer lives / H. St. Louis
* Recessional: How Great Thou Art
I may never be called back there after this!