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THE THURSDAY REPORT: January 19, 2023

Dear Partners in Ministry,

Thank you so much to those of you who attended last night's GIFT session, those who stayed for the activity, and all of you for your patience with me in not writing to you yesterday. 

Two things from last night I'd like to share with you all:

1. In putting this together, I decided to seek the wisdom of those whose amazing contributions to liturgical music have been such a big part of our story as worshipping people. So, I asked eight composers to share their thoughts on three questions related to beauty and the words we pray in song... and they responded brilliantly. I could only share a tiny sliver of their wisdom due to time, but I'll be posting their full comments on the GIFT webpage after editing them after (by end of the month at latest). Tune in later to hear some wonderful insight from Alan Hommerding, Rory Cooney, Christian Cosas, some guy named Kevin Keil, Roc O'Connor, Luke Rosen, Scott Soper, and Janèt Sullivan Whitaker.

2. After the presentation and a crash course on hymns and metered text, the group took on the challenge of crafting their own lyrics, based on Psalm 103. The plan is to gather and edit/adapt all these pieces into a collaborative hymn, sung to the tune NETTLETON ("Sing a New Church.") Then, we'll sing that hymn for Prep of Gifts on the Fourth Sunday of Lent. More to come....


We'll be rehearsing for two weekends tonight, as I'll be at the Liturgical Composers Forum next week.




Glory to God): BB 935 · 1.003 · Mass of St. Mary Magdelene: Glory to God

Children’s Dismissal (Sundays): WA · [score] · The Word of God (Ward)

Gospel Acclamation: BB 936 · 1.003 · Mass of St. Mary Magdelene: Alleluia (Hart)

Holy: BB 938 · 1.003 · Mass of St. Mary Magdelene: Holy (Hart)

Mystery of Faith: BB 939 · 1.003 · Mass of St. Mary Magdelene: We Proclaim Your Death (Hart)

Amen: BB 942 · 1.003 · Mass of St. Mary Magdelene: Amen (Hart)

Lamb of God: BB 943 · 1.003 · Mass of St. Mary Magdelene: Lamb of God

JANUARY 22 · Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Gathering Song: BB 309 · JS 768 · Gather Your People (Hurd)

Responsorial Psalm: WA · score · Psalm 27: The Lord Is My Light (Ward)

Preparation of the Gifts: BB 412 · JS 640 · Christ Before Us (SUO GÁN/Whitaker)

Communion: BB 341 · JS 793 · One Bread, One Body (Foley)

Sending Forth: BB 390 · JS 813 · City of God (Schutte)

JANUARY 29 · Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Gathering Song: BB 419 · JS 639 · Earthen Vessels (Foley)

Responsorial Psalm: WA · 2.009 · Ps 146: Praise the Lord, My Soul! (Cosas)

Preparation of the Gifts: BB 387 · 3.026 · The Summons (KELVINGROVE/Bell, arr. Fisher)

Communion: BB 308 · JS 777 · Here At This Table (Whitaker)

Sending Forth: BB 426 · JS 830 · Sing a New Church (NETTLETON/Dufner)


Ordinary Time I (January 15–February 19, 2023)

Lent and Holy Week (February 22–April 2, 2023) coming soon!


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