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Dear Partners in Ministry,

Happy Wednesday, all... we are almost halfway through Lent already! Triduum will be here before you know it, so if you're taking part, I highly recommend at least a good skim-through of our selections, including what we haven't started yet, so that we're as ready as we can be. This week, we're going to learn two new additions to our psalm rep for the Vigil (replacing the two that you all told me you least liked on last year's survey). 

Cantamus Updates

I think I have either an accepted invitation or a custom-built replacement for the first invitation out to every active member this Spring. If you're having trouble accepting the initial invite, it is almost certainly an issue with the email provider you're using (especially older ones like AOL, SPC Global, RoadRunner, Yahoo, etc). For some reason, these providers automatically strip the link away from the text, leaving you with a link that looks fine but is actually useless. If you have a newer email (Gmail, iCloud, etc) that would definitely work better; if not, let me know and I'll work with the Customer Support team to build an invitation for you.

This morning, you'll find "Psalm 19: Lord, You Have the Words" on Cantamus; if I can swing it, I'll get "Psalm 30: I Will Praise You, Lord" up there tonight or tomorrow morning.

Taizé Prayer: Call for Musicians

As I've mentioned before, we're planning a Taizé Prayer service on Friday, March 31 at 7:30 pm. I'd like to assemble an ensemble of at least 12 singers (at least three to a part), and any instrumentalists who would be interested as well. It's important to know that this will require a fair bit of self-preparation, as we won't be able to devote Thursday rehearsal time to this... perhaps we can find a time to meet once we're together. If you're interested and available, please let me know. I plan on having rep finalized by Friday of this week.

A New Habit: Get into the Music Zone

One of the biggest favors a singer can do for their fellow choir members is to be "in the zone" of a piece from the moment the first note is played, whether in rehearsal or in service. Doing so ensures that you are mentally engaged with the music and prepared for your eventual entrance; that nothing you're doing is a distraction to anyone else; and that you respect the good work of the accompanist and director, who have already begun the piece. I've seen side conversations going on until the last possible second before a singer's entrance; more often than not, even with very familiar music, that makes for a rough or sloppy start. From now on, I ask all of you to let go of those conversations—even if "they're about the song"— once we begin, no matter when you enter. Doing so means that you— and, by extension, all of us— are ready to put our best efforts into the music we're making.


Pick up:

  • score · Psalm 19: Lord, You Have the Words (Ward)
  • score · Psalm 30: I Will Praise You, Lord (Ward)
  • score · Bless the Lord (Parish Collaborative Hymn)

We're going to really focus on Triduum tomorrow night, but there are three weekend pieces to attend to as well (we'll do those first).



Penitential Act: BB 5 · JS 168 · Chant Mass: Kyrie

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

Gospel Acclamation: BB 877 · JS 178 · Mass of Renewal: Lenten Gospel Acclamation (Stephan)

Holy: BB 878 · JS 179 · Mass of Renewal: Holy (Stephan)

Mystery of Faith: BB 879 · JS 180 · Mass of Renewal: We Proclaim Your Death (Stephan)

Amen: BB 882 · JS 183 · Mass of Renewal: Amen (Stephan)

Lamb of God: BB 863 · JS 174 · Chant Mass: Agnus Dei

MARCH 12 · Third Sunday of Lent

Gathering Song: Taizé chants: With You, O Lord

Responsorial Psalm: BB 797 · JS 71 · Ps 95: If Today You Hear His Voice (Soper)

Preparation of the Gifts: BB 517 · JS 739 · O Beauty, Ever Ancient (O’Connor)

Communion: BB 355 · JS 788 · Bread of Life (Farrell)

Sending Forth: BB 662 · JS 535 · Change Our Hearts (Cooney)

MARCH 19 · Fourth Sunday of Lent

Gathering Song: WA · Taizé chants: In the Lord I'll Be Ever Thankful 

Responsorial Psalm: BB 461 · 2.010 · Ps 23: Shepherd Me, O God (Haugen)

Preparation of the Gifts: WA · (score) Bless the Lord (NETTLETON/St. Noel)

Communion: BB 347 · JS 789 · Lamb of God/Taste and See (Kendzia)

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

MARCH 26 · Fifth Sunday of Lent

Gathering Song: WA · Taizé chants: Bless the Lord

Responsorial Psalm: BB 816 · JS 108 · Ps 130: With the Lord There Is Mercy (Modlin)

Preparation of the Gifts: WA · 3.060 · In Your Dwelling Place (Ward)

Communion: BB 359 · 3.061 · Take and Eat (Joncas)

Sending Forth: BB 580 · JS 753 · In the Day of the Lord (Ridge) v. 1, 5, 6


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

Triduum and Easter Season (April 6–May 28, 2023)



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