Joel Ushers In Lent

lent-header1.jpgThe Liturgy Commission got a few choices from me for Lenten entrance music. They chose the plea from Joel (not Billy):

Parce, Domine, parce populo tuo: ne in aeternum irascaris nobis.

The great prelude begins tomorrow: before Lent’s first Sunday we have four days to get things realigned spiritually for the Forty Days ahead.

In my new parish, one of my multi-instrumentalists asked about retiring his mandolin for the season. I suggested not; we can adjust our accompaniment as needed. Trumpet, perhaps I could see a fast from that. But only perhaps.

Any good Lenten musical practices this year for you commentators?


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Todd lives in the Pacific Northwest, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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3 Responses to Joel Ushers In Lent

  1. Liam says:

    (Suggested greeting card greeting for the day: May your ashes be dark, and your Lent long.)

    Along with Parce Domine, I like Lucien Deiss’s plaintive and simple Grant to Us, O Lord.

    I love harp for Lenten accompaniment…no percussive instruments (including piano).

  2. Todd says:

    The problem in my new parish is that we have no reliable organ. And no harpists.

    • Liam says:

      Of course, much depends on the facts on the ground. I was just expressing something I found illuminating from past experience. It was not an orchestral harp, but a smaller one (not overtly Celtic, but in that size). It beautifully matched voices, without becoming a concertato of voices and harp – beautifully understated accompaniment, devoid of show.

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