Starting September 3, we're phasing in a brand-new musical setting of our liturgical acclamations. Mass of Encounter was inspired by the profound spiritual reawakening I experienced after two years of pandemic-imposed isolation and distance from liturgy. God’s persistence in calling me back to service at Saint Noel finally breached my walls of stubbornness and hurt, and this family of faith has buoyed my soul ever since. This setting is a gift of gratitude, composed after several months of worship with this extraordinary community.
Liturgy is an encounter with the presence of Christ, in Word, in Sacrament, and with one another. The people of Saint Noel are Christ for me, and I pray that Mass of Encounter will serve as a means of growing closer to Christ for all who are welcomed into this family.
To help you get started, here are the acclamations we'll sing from this setting, along with their anticipated introduction date, printed melodies, and audio demos (mp3 format). Please visit this page throughout the fall as we pray with this setting.
HOLY September 3
MYSTERY OF FAITH: SAVE US, SAVIOR September 10
AMEN I September 17
LAMB OF GOD September 24
GOSPEL ACCLAMATION October 1
GLORY TO GOD October 8
Produced with the approval of the Committee on Divine Worship, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Texts from the Roman Missal, Third Edition © 2010, International Committee on the Liturgy (ICEL). Used with permission. Music © 2023, Tony Ward. All rights reserved.
This pre-publication edition is reserved for the exclusive use of Saint Noel Parish, Willoughby Hills, OH.