Holy Week Journal Part two

I’m never sure as Catholics whether it is appropriate to ‘enjoy’ Holy Week but I have to admit that I rather do. Undeniably it is fun to be part of a small parish at this time of year;  everybody coming together to celebrate something rather brilliant.

Last night, our choir got together to rehearse the music for tonight. I thought they sounded rather impressive particularly the basses with their sonorous bottom Gs in the Elgar Ave Verum Corpus.

This year for Holy Thursday we are singing most of the propers in English.  Unfortunately it has to be Mass VIII rather than IV or V as that is what everyone knows.

The music is:

Opening Hymn – When I survey the Wondrous Cross with a loud organ.

Introit – Adam Bartlett Simple english propers

Gloria fanfare by Patrick Leighton

Gloria VIII

Gradual – Occuli omnium  – Chant from  Graduale Romanum

Tract – Ab ortu solis English Psalm Tone setting by Aristotle Esguerra.


Feet washing – Mandatum Novum Antiphon alternated with Psalm 118 as found in the Graduale Simplex

Offertory – Ubi Caritas et amor (Plainchant – Parish Book of Chant)

Sanctus and Agnus Dei VIII

Communion – Ave Verum Corpus :  Elgar. It works well without the organ accompaniment.

Communion Proper – Adam Bartlett Simple Propers

Pange Lingua  – Plainsong.

Simple English Propers can be found here.

Good luck to musicians and singers everywhere. I hope your Triduum goes well.

Oremus pro invicem.


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