New Alleluia for Masses in English

Mary C. WeaverMusic and liturgy

Today, October 4, we began using a new settings of the Alleluia and Gospel verse that are sung just before the priest or deacon proclaims the Gospel. If you know the hymn O Sons and Daughters or O filii et filiae—written in the 15th century—you’ll be familiar with its refrain: Here’s how it sounds (without accompaniment):

What’s coming up for Mass on October 4

Mary C. WeaverMusic for Mass

At every Mass we sing or say the words of the Ordinary (the unchangeable parts of the Mass), for example, the Gloria; Holy, holy, holy; and Lamb of God. The Mass also includes what are called the propers—texts that change for each Sunday and solemnity. These include the introit (entrance chant), the responsorial psalm, the offertory chant, and the Communion …