Psalm 145 – Fifth Sunday of Easter Year C

Recorded 24 April 2016 (iPhone) at the 11am Mass
Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, Baltimore MD

Psalm 145 – I Will Praise Your Name Forever
for the Fifth Sunday of Easter, Year C

The music for this piece is found in Audubon Park Psalter – Year C.

Psalm 118 for Easter Day

Recorded with my iPhone, this performance of Psalm 118 – This Is the Day – is from the 11am Mass at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen in Baltimore. Brass quartet plays the choral parts on the refrain.

The music for this composition is included in the Feasts and Solemnities volume of the Audubon Park Psalter.

Easter Sequence

Alleluia! Today as we celebrate Easter, we include a special piece of music, the sequence. In the Middle Ages it became expected practice at Mass to extend the music for the Alleluia to cover the time that it would take for the deacon to process from the altar to the ambo before proclaiming the Gospel. These extended melodies were called jubilus because of their joyful tone. Eventually, these melodies became long enough that people started to put words to them. In the ninth century, Notker Balbulus created a collection where he called them sequences perhaps because the words provided a way to memorize the sequence of notes or because these chants followed in order the alleluia.

After the Council of Trent, only four sequences were preserved in the liturgy: Victimae paschali laudes for today, Veni Sancte Spiritus for the feast of Pentecost, Lauda Sion for Corpus Christi, and Dies Irae for the Requiem Mass. In 1727, Pope Benedict XVIII added the Stabat Mater as the sequence for the Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows. The text for the Easter sequence often attributed to Wipo of Burgundy, an eleventh century priest and chaplain to the Holy Roman Emperor Conrad II, but it has also been attributed to Notker Balbulus, Robert II of France, and Adam of St. Victor. It is uncertain if Wipo also wrote the melody.

While the most recent revision to the Roman Missal places the sequence before the Alleluia, singing the chant gives us an additional chance today to reflect on the resurrection. Notice how the lyrics tell the story of the empty tomb and prepare us to hear the Good News. As this song is only sung for the first week of Easter, it may not be so familiar to you, but as an expected part of the celebration of Easter, it is a staple that will return year after year.

Happy Easter,

Bulletin Notes for the Cathedral of Mary, Our Queen, April 5, 2015

Holy Week 2015 at CMOQ

The complete list of music for Holy Week at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen is available here. The program booklet is available here (cover) and here (pages).

Links to rehearsal or other performance videos are listed below for reference.

Palm Sunday

Anthem: Solus Ad Victimam – Leighton (NCA 79)

Chrism Mass

Mon, Mar 30, 7:30 pm – 6:00 call
Dilexisti justitiam

1. Listen now     

Holy Thursday

Apr 2, 7:30 pm – 6:30 call
Washing of feet: Mandatum Novum – Berthier (W812)

Ubi caritas – Duruflé (58)

Ave Verum – Byrd (36 or NCA8)

Good Friday

Apr 3, 3:00 pm -1:30 call
Timor et Tremor – Poulenc (189.1)

The Reproaches – Victoria
Ecce Quomodo Moritur – Handl

Easter Vigil

Apr 4, 8:00 pm -6:30 call
Ye Choirs of New Jerusalem – Stanford

Hallelujah Chorus (Messiah) – Handel

Easter Sunday

Psalm 118 from the Audubon Park Psalter

2. Listen now     

(Live recording from 10am Easter Mass in 2014 at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church)

Haec est dies – Gallus

Hallelujah Chorus (Messiah) – Handel