Old Memorial Acclamations

MR1’s memorial acclamations will be retired from the liturgy over the next year, but a few notable settings may live on for use at other times of the Mass.

Michael Joncas has two memorable settings. His Song of Farewell I’ve used in a few parishes. It incorporates “Dying You Destroyed …” with texts from the OCF’s Song of Farewell.  He also set a Communion song with the refrain of “When We Eat …” and verses from eschatological texts of the Gospels and Revelation. I know John Foley has an OCP catalogue entry with what is now acclamation –perhaps the least used of the four. Yoking the text to the Philippians Kenosis Canticle: very nice combination.

I don’t see these pieces going away because of the texts, do you? Do you see a problem if we kept on singing them … at other moments in the liturgy?

About catholicsensibility

Todd and his family live in Ames, Iowa. He serves a Catholic parish of both Iowa State students and town residents.
This entry was posted in Liturgical Music, Liturgy. Bookmark the permalink.

One Response to Old Memorial Acclamations

  1. M.J. Meloche says:

    I’m guessing several composers with beloved settings of the Mysterium will write verses and turn the acclamation into a refrain. And write new handbell parts, instrumentalist parts, SAB, SATB, octavos….

    If it will sell, they’ll write it.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s