Sung or recited.
If sung, which setting?
Choir or individual performance or communal participation?
Again, this is not a liturgist’s issue. It is the music director’s issue. As such, I have answered it in our Masses this weekend:
The sequence will be sung in English according to the familiar translation to the chant tune. At our early Mass, which gets little singing, we will use the lame paraphrase in our hymnal, which is set to “O Fili et Filiae”
As an ideal, I prefer to have the congregation sing the sequence. Sequences always are so magnificent. However, the only sequence that winds up working is Victimae Paschali, and as I mentioned we sing this twice a year. Last year was a disaster when I tried to have the congregation sing it; I don’t get what’s so hard about it, but that’s working in a Catholic church for you…
At my church, it is sung by the choir & congregation in alternation in English before the Alleluia, and then the choir sings a lovely SATB setting using the Latin chant at Communion. The Latin text is glorious and should be familiar to each and every adult Catholic congregation, and the congregation knows what it means because it just sang the English, so there’s zero complaints about this versus that.
hmmm that’s a good idea Liam. Oh well, one for the “If I had a 3rd year” file.
I’m a cantor in my parish and I’ll be singing the Sequence by myself tomorrow morning, in English. We did the same thing for the Easter Sequence, “Christians Praise the Paschal Victim.” We all love these great chants. The Music Director makes the call here.
Our choral setting of Veni Sancte Spiritus is by Paul Gibson, via ECS Publishing (#5179).
What good news, I thought Schirmer had simply gone under.
No, they are alive and well in Boston as a publisher:
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