Music for Mass on December 24-25

Mary C. WeaverMusic for Mass

Click to download the Mass program for December 24 and 25, 2020, the Nativity of the Lord Here are some of the proper texts—those that change with every Sunday or solemnity—and songs to be sung for this Mass: Introit at the vigil: Today you will know that the Lord will come, and he will save us; and in the morning …

Music for Mass on December 20

Mary C. WeaverMusic for Mass

Click to download the Mass program for December 20, 2020, the fourth Sunday of Advent. Here are some of the proper texts—those that change with every Sunday or solemnity—to be sung for this Mass: Introit: Drop down, ye heavens, from above, and let the skies pour down righteousness. Let the earth open and bring forth salvation. (Cf. Isaiah 45:8) Responsorial …

Changes in our Mass ordinary for Advent 2020

Mary C. WeaverMusic and liturgy, Music for Mass, Parish News

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. In ordinary time—the liturgical season we’re in now—our parish has for quite a few years sung the simple ordinary in English from the third edition of the Roman Missal. In Lent …

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 are the propers?

Mary C. WeaverMusic and liturgy

Before there was a “gathering song,” there was the Introit. Before ever a cantor intoned a responsorial psalm, there was the Gradual. Before hymns were sung at Offertory and Communion, there were the Offertory and Communion chants. In short, centuries before the Mass was put into what’s been called the “four-hymn sandwich,” the Church sang the propers. Before music directors …

The Adoremus Hymnal, second edition

Mary C. WeaverMusic and liturgy

I’ve been a collector of Catholic hymnals for years, and I have an overflowing shelf of books to prove it. Some of my favorites are old out-of-print books that can only be found in a library or as an online pdf that some kind soul has scanned. The major Catholic music publishers provide plenty of options, but most have a …