Music From MHR

Friend and frequent commentator Jimmy Mac sent along the music line-up from his parish this past Sunday:

RCIA Acclamation: “We Stand With You,” David Haas
Psalm 126, Marty Haugen setting
Gospel Procession: “Alleluia,” Andrew Wright
Prayers of the Faithful response: “Lead Us To Your Light,” Carol E. Browning
Dismissal of the Catechumens: “Go Now in Peace,” Lynn Trapp
Preparation of the Gifts: “Ready the Way of the Lord” Bob Hurd
Deutsche Mass, Franz Schubert
Holy, Holy, Holy
Memorial Acclamation
Great Amen
Litany of the Fraction
Communion Procession: “Et Exultavit” from Magnificat, J. S. Bach
Communion Meditation: “Each Winter as the Year Grows Older,” William & Annabeth Gay
Recessional: “Awake, Awake and Greet The New Morn,” Marty Haugen

My commentary (not Jim’s):

Like lots of American progressive parishes, there’s a real mix of composers and styles here. That gets criticized in some quarters, but not in mine, if the parish is prepared to receive it. I’m inclined to think American tastes in music are pretty broad. What I hear on some radio stations, some playlists, and even at school dances leads me to think that people are drawn to quality, not necessarily sameness.

The last two are interesting choices. We introduced MHR’s “meditation” hymn last year in our parish, and it was widely accepted. I received several e-mails or direct comments at Sunday Mass commenting on the text, going beyond the usual, “It was nice.” I know planning guides are touting the Haugen as either Advent or Christmas, but I can’t get used to it as an Advent hymn. The Gather Us In LP touted it as part of a cantata entitled, “All Lands In Darkness,” but I’ve never seen or heard of that item outside the reference on the album cover.


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Todd lives in the Pacific Northwest, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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