Saturday, June 7, 2014

Spiritus Domini

Here's Byrd's setting of the introit for Pentecost, sung by the DC-area group Countertop Ensemble. It is preceded by the same text, presented solo on an office responsory tone. 
Sure, for most churches, a five-and-a-half-minute introit is too long for the action, but in the right circumstances - a delayed entrance, a decorously slow procession, a largish church, an incensation of the altar - the timing could fit. It would require that all the involved liturgical ministers contribute: servers, server trainers, and the clergy, along with the schola.   Has your parish looked for ways to put beauty first in the entrance procession?  Man does not live by efficiency alone!
(Comment moderation is now in effect for this site.)