02 April 2007

Music for the Sacred Triduum

There is nothing in the world so much like prayer as music is.
~William P. Merrill


The Easter Triduum has to be my three favorite days of the year. I remember as a child, going to the Good Friday service and hearing the timpani beat out the steps of Christ on the Via Dolorosa at the Veneration of the Cross. And nothing comes close to the Good Friday Reproaches in moving the heart to “Look and see if there is any sorrow like my sorrow…” (Lamentations 1:12). I have yet to find a musical setting of the Reproaches. If any of my readers know of one, please let me know!

One of my favorite pieces of choral music at this time of year is the Crux Fidelis ~ the same tune of which is sometimes used when singing the Pange Lingua. It ranks up there with Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence as a great piece of melancholic music.

We will not be singing that particular hymn, but here is a list of the music we will be singing for the Triduum at St. John’s in McLean, Virginia.

Holy Thursday April 5, 2007
Missa Pange Lingua – Josquin des Pres
Processional # 610 When I Survey the Wondrous Cross / Introitus
Washing of Feet Antiphons / Maneant in Vobis – R. Rice
Offertory Offertorium / Motet: – Ubi Caritas – H. Mardirosian
Communion Communio / Motets: Panis Angelicus – F. Peeters
O Esca Viatorum – Isaac / O Salutaris Hostia – G. Rossini
Recessional Pange Lingua / Tantum Ergo - Chant

Good Friday April 6, 2007
Processional # --- Silence
Gradual Christus Factus Est - Chant
Veneration Ecce lignum Crucis / Improperia / Miserere Mei – G. Allegri
Communion Motets: That Virgin’s Child – T. Tallis / Improperium Expectavit - G. Casali / Ave Verum Corpus – F. Poulenc / In Manus Tuas, Domine – J. Pujol
Recessional # --- Silence

Holy Saturday April 7, 2007
Coronation Mass – W. A. Mozart
Opening # -- Humbly We Adore Thee / Introitus
Offertory Offertorium / Motet: Haec Dies – J. Arcadelt
Communion # -- Communio / Alleluia! In Resurrectione Tua – J. Gallus Solo: The Trumpet Shall Sound – G. F. Handel
Recessional # 376 Jesus Christ Is Risen Today

We will also be singing a Tenebrae service on Wednesday evening, April 4, for which we will be singing Vos Omnes, Christus Factus Est and Jeremiah's Lamentations. I have also included a list of the Holy Week schedule for St. John’s, which also be found on their website.

Easter Schedule 2007
Holy Week & Easter schedule April 2 – April 8, 2007
{Please note changes in time from the regular schedule
at bottom of page}
Mon. Apr. 2: Confessions after 9:00 am Mass
Tues. Apr. 3: Confessions after 9:00 am Mass
Wed. April 4 : 8:00 pm--Tenebrae Service
(Confessions after Tenebrae)
Thur., April 5 : 7:30 pm--Holy Thursday --
Mass of the Lord’s Supper
Thur. April 5: 11:50 pm--Compline (Night Prayer)
(No Confessions on Thursday)
Fri., April 6: 12:00 Noon-- Divine Mercy Chaplet,
Terce, Stations of the Cross, & Dramatis Personae
Fri., April 6: 3:00 pm---Solemn Good Friday Services
Fri. Apr. 6: 7:00 - 8:00 pm Confessions
Sat., April 7: 8:30 am--Morning Prayer
Sat., Apr. 7 : 9:00 - 9:30 am-- Confessions
Sat., Apr. 7 : 12:00 Noon --Blessing of Easter Food
Sat., Apr. 7: ( NO 5:00 pm Mass)
Sat., Apr. 7: 8:30 pm – Easter Vigil
Sun., Apr. 8: Easter Sunday: Masses at: 7:15* am,
9:00 am, 10:30 am and 12:15* Noon (*please note 2
Mass times are not regular Mass times)

Oremus pro invicem,
Mikaela

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