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December 26, 2006

More on Midnight Mass

Mainly since Matthew asked, here is the Music from Midnight Mass at St. Edward.


"Premiere Suite de Noels" Balbastre (1727-1799)
"The Proclamation of the Prophecies" Vatican Chant Modes V-VII
"Ave Maria" Victoria (1548-1611)
"Lo How A Rose" Praetorius (1571-1621)
"Kalenda" The great announcement of the Birth of Christ

Entrance Procession: Adeste Fideles, O Come, All Ye Faithful
Incensation of the Altar, Introit, "Dominus dixit ad me" mode 2
Sign of the Cross: chanted in Latin
Greeting: Chanted in Latin
Introduction to the Penitential Rite: chanted in English
Confiteor: recited in English
Kyrie: Cum Jubilo, Proulx
Gloria: "Christmas Gloria" Laginya, GIA
Psalm: "Today is Born Our Savior" Alstott
Alleluia: "Christmastime Alleluia" Chepponis
Gospel: Luke 2:1-14, chanted
Preparation of the Altar and Gifts: "Stille Nacht" in German
"The Glory of the Father" Hovland
Eucharistic Acclamations: Community Mass, Proulx
Eucharistic Prayer I, chanted
Memorial Acclamation: "Mortem Tuam" chant
Our Father: chanted in English
Agnus Dei, Mass XVIII
Communion Procession: "In Splendoribus" chant mode 6
"Sleeps Judea Fair" MacKinnon
"Silent Night" in English
Recessional: "Joy To The World"
Postlude: "Noel X" d'Aquin (1694-1772)

The Choir sang the Mass at Day and it was much the same order except for the Inroit, "Puer Natus" (mode VII) and the Communio, "Viderunt Omnes" (mode 1). We also heard "Of The Father's Love Begotten" at the Preparation of the Altar, and Palestrina's "Alma Redemptoris Mater" after Communion.

Among the ladies counting the collection this morning only one adjective was used to describe the liturgy, "beautiful."

Posted by Fr. Jeffrey Keyes, C.PP.S. at December 26, 2006 8:43 PM

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Fr Jeff, were you with us the year we sang "The Glory of the Father?" If not, it was in '84. Blessed Christmas to you and your community.

Posted by: Todd at December 31, 2006 5:20 PM

Hi, Father Jeff,

I sort of feel I have to chime in here, with many grins -- there's a suggested order for midnight Mass in the Sacramentary Supplement, including the proclamation of the birth of Christ.

It doesn't include a "Confiteor" or the other usual elements of a pentitential rite. I'm curious how you and your preparation team set up the Introductory Rites you used.

And I'm also curious, did you bless the new creche, either in the way laid out in the Book of Blessings or in some other way?

Happy Christmas Season to all readers of this blog!

Posted by: Maureen Lahiff at January 2, 2007 8:49 PM

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