Some of you know that the Easter Sequence can be used at Masses for the first week of Easter. At our Thursday night student Mass, a request came down to sing it. The student leader was unfamiliar with the plainsong, which, of course, is lovely when done well. I knew she would be more at ease improvising something, and with the English text. So the flute player and I came up with a musical background in the lydian mode. Our final result was an extended “mood” for flute and piano, and Elise started singing when she felt comfortable we had played long enough. Then we finished up our adventure in C-lydian and went straight in to Howard Hughes’ “Joyful Alleluia.” I just love that piece. Seven-Eight time is just perfectly jaunty.
It was interesting that the priest and the student planners opted to use incense for this Mass, but selected a Kyrie over a Sprinkling Rite.
On another front, a parishioner emailed me wondering about Sunday’s song choices. Nothing of Easter, she protested. And if we were looking for selections from the Easter section of Gather Comprehensive, she was right. Haugen-Alford’s “We Walk By Faith.” David Haas’s “Without Seeing You,” which we usually reserve for Easter. But its verses come from all over the Biblical map. Psalm 118, of course. But these pieces don’t have the resonance with the Easter Season. All this was topped by the bulletin cover which reminded parishioners of the Fifty Days of Easter–and it was quoted back to me. Paul Ford muses about it at PrayTell, I see. By some accounts, I’ve failed Easter Octave–do I have a prayer for Fifty Days? Time will tell. What about you readers?