Jimmy Mac sent me the program for Archbishop Gomez’s Mass of Reception. Lots of text to read while you’re waiting for Mass to begin on page 13. And it’s a typically LA start, a medley arranged by Tony Alonso: Iona’s “Come All You People,” “Alabaré,” the spiritual “Plenty Good Room,” capped off with “All Are Welcome.”
I like the Litany of Saints for the entrance. It’s the Becker setting, which I hope they adapt and don’t try to mash in three to four saints per line. The cathedral is pretty long, so I’m sure they can take their time with rolling in the clergy. The Kyrie follows in Spanish, then the Gloria in British (Peter Jones setting from the St Thomas More group). I can imagine the long-dead monarchs Philip and Elizabeth enjoying this one.
For the Liturgy of the Word, more Marty Haugen (guess) and the Rob Glover arrangement of the Honduras Alleluia. I’ll break from music to mention that the Scripture inspiring the new archbishop’s motto is in between these two.
Then some gospel after the gospel at the Rite of Reception: Leon Roberts’ setting of Psalm 118. Sung intercessions with a four-language (no Latin) refrain. (Anybody for more?) Latin plainsong makes an appearance with Duruflé’s setting of Ubi Caritas. But you get two for one at Preparation of the Gifts, as a Vietnamese song “Le Dang,” Rufino Zaragosa setting follows. Same guy composed the Eucharistic acclamations, Misa Juan Diego setting.
Agnus Dei XVIII with tropes. Yay to both. Three Communion songs: Ricky Manalo’s “Ang Katawan ni Kristo,” then “Pan de Vida,” then the lone SLJ offering, “One Bread One Body.” Then the welcomers get their first strophic hymn, Christopher Idle’s metrical version of the Te Deum set to NETTLETON. And it’s all over.
Long before chanters set themselves up as the opposition to us contemporary music folks, we tussled with the organ-n-hymn crowd. The OHC would’ve had their heads spinning to see so much non-hymn music. In a cathedral. For a new archbishop. What a difference a generation makes. Marty Haugen ties plainsong 2-2. So does gospel music. Lots of fresh 21st century music. Do you suppose the reform2 crew would find anything redeeming here? Do you?