This morning I had the joy of cantoring the Mass of St Francis for the first time.
There’s always a learning curve with a new ordinary, but this one was actually easy to learn and very rewarding. At the same time simple and sophisticated, it followed the contours and complexities of the texts beautifully. The Gloria in particular was impressive, climbing the iterations of praise. Praise, bless, and the second syllable of adore are each held for a dotted quarter, and then at the high point, the first syllable of glorify is held for a full half note. It’s a subtle but very effective climax.
When singing of the Second Person of the Trinity, the setting drops to the relative minor. This happens in both in the Lord Jesus Christ section of the Gloria and the Blessed is He section of the Holy, Holy, Holy. The effect is a solemn recollection of the wonders of the Word made flesh.
It’s a great pleasure to sing liturgical music that is so thoughtfully crafted!
It’s wonderful to see the internet, for all its faults, being apostolically employed for the new evangelization.
The Chosen, a rather hip life of Christ complete with an on-the-spectrum tax collector is filming its second season and crowdfunding its third.
Meanwhile, Fr. Mike Schmitz is setting podcast box office records with his Bible in a Year series from Ascension Press. Every day a new podcast is dropped, each containing passages from Scripture, prayer, and commentary.
The effects of the podcasts are Catholic, unifying: they bring together people, writings, events–and us.
In a time when so much seems locked down, it’s great to notice once again that the Word of God is not chained.