Choristers' Challenge

Sing like a Catholic. Sing the Mass.

Category: Lent



I am excited for our parish to have a Tenebrae (the Latin word for “darkness” or “shadows”) service during Holy Week this year. The service of shadows consists of Psalms and Readings which reflect on the sacrifice Jesus made for us. Held in candlelight, the candles are gradually extinguished until the church is in darkness. At the very end, a loud noise is made banging a hymnal against a pew. Called the strepitus, this sound symbolizes the earthquake at the time of the resurrection (Matthew 28:2). All depart in silence.

LENT Mass Music

During Lent, we are singing the Mass Ordinary in Latin. As part of the Choristers’ Challenge, the Sacred Heart Choir, the Youth Choir and Gloria Singers have learned the Kyrie and Agnus Dei from the Missa de Angelis (Missa VIII), the Sanctus from the Jubilate Deo Mass (Missa XVIII) and the  Mortem tuam from the Roman Missal. The Missa de Angelis (the Mass of the Angels) remains one of the most popular Masses in the world. It is often heard at Papal liturgies, as it enables people from various countries to sing together. This Mass was sung most Sundays in our parish before the Second  Vatican Council.

Members of the Sacred Heart Youth Choir are featured on the above recordings. Benjamin Bugenhagen begins two of the chants.JPII_WP-1080x608

Hymns Transfigure Us

As this Sunday, the Second Sunday of Lent, we hear Luke’s description of the transfiguration of Jesus, the Sacred Heart Choir learned a song at rehearsal last night by Bob Hurd, “Transfigure Us O Lord.”  We also sang through this classic, Lord, You Have Come to the Seashore.

Is your Lent joyful? Lent provides a wonderful time of consoling mercy. To be able to ask for forgiveness over and over with the blessed assurance of absolution, of reconciliation. Lent juxtaposes two truths: we are sinners and we are children of God. The more we seek His mercy, the more we experience His love.