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!
The Gregorian Institute of Canada holds its annual colloquium in August, and the GIC is inviting Chant Café readers to attend this year’s event, set for August 22 and 23 at Regina, Saskatchewan. Information is on-line at http://www.gregorian.ca/eng/news.php . The workshops will have a special focus on the office of Compline, and so the conference’s title is “A Quiet Night and a Perfect End”. It sounds like it will be a beautiful experience!