Lenten Music from MHR, SF

Frequent commentator Jimmy Mac sent me the music line-up from his parish this past Sunday, with the tag of their “Orthodox season.” Jim notifies: “For some reason, our parish very much enjoys this flavor of liturgical music.”

Entrance Rite: Trisagion by Howard Hughes, SM

Penitential Rite: Kyrie Eleison by Ken Canedo & Bob Hurd

Gospel Procession: Praise & Honor by Christopher Ward

Prayers of the Faithful: Byzantine Chant

Holy, Holy; Memorial Acclamation; Great Amen & Litany of the Fraction: Missa Oecumenica, arr by Richard Proulx

Final Choir Meditation: Russian Beatitudes by P. Mironositsky (https://www.alibris.com/search/classical/composer/P.%20Mironositsky)

Good music continues in parishes all over. It’s a movement completely independent of the fussing and hand-wringing of the reform2 movement. Good music is not necessarily about orthodoxy, though Orthodoxy doesn’t hurt if you’re appealing to a tradition.

Anybody else using Orthodox or Orthodox-inspired music this Lent?


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Todd lives in the Pacific Northwest, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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4 Responses to Lenten Music from MHR, SF

  1. The Proulx Oecumenica compilation was the best thing OCP did in 1999. We used it for at least two years running, so much so that I “added” a Gloria that is unfortunately missing from Proulx’s octavo. Of course, OCP dropped it from the MI/BB rotation.
    The one Orthodox hymn we use is at Vigil “As Many Have Been Baptised.” The composer’s name escapes me.

  2. Jimmy Mac says:

    It was written by Archpriest James C. Meena.

  3. Jimmy Mac says:

    Thanks for the photo of the sanctuary. Know, however, that it is usually quite full at the 10 AM Sunday liturgy …. not sparsely attended as the photo shows. We are a small (400 actives) but faithful and vibrant parish that values choral, solo and congregational music as an integral part of the worship service. We are known for that throughout the Bay Area and regularly get “visiting firefighters” from St. Patrick’s seminary and the School of Applied Theology in Berkeley who have been recommended to come to MHR and see how things should be done.

  4. This is not Catholic. This is a community church. I am disgusted.

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