Sacred Music in the Lenten Season

Who would ever think that seven months have passed since I arrived in the parish! But, from the very first day that I became your pastor, I have been observing everything regarding our parish and the community.
As I am reluctant to change anything within these first few months as your pastor, the change of liturgical seasons and people moving away necessitated the adjustments to the music at Mass. These changes will be effective at the start of Lent, all in keeping with the spirit of this penitential season.

If you wondered what the source of the chanted prayers are, that are sung before the 5:00 PM Vigil and 11:15 AM Sunday Masses and at communion during those respective Masses, they come from the Missale Romanum of 1962, translated into English from the Latin.

For the most part, the texts of the chants, Introit and Communion Antiphon, come from the Psalms or canticles in Sacred Scripture. There is another chant that can be sung after the Nicene Creed and Prayers of the Faithful, the Offertory Antiphon, but a hymn takes the place of it.

In keeping with the austerity during the Season of Lent, we will “give up” the Introit and Communion Antiphons as chanted before Mass and at communion, and only at the 11:15 AM Sunday Mass will it be sung as the priest and servers enter the church.

In all, I thank you for your patience and flexibility regarding the liturgical music with our use of various Mass settings. I thank our music coordinator, musicians, choir, and cantors for their service to the Lord.