Yesterday I started looking at music planning for the coming Fall. Before I got to work, it had only Mass settings and Psalm assignments in the grid. As of quitting time last night, it had a few ideas.
Charles will nod in approval I did notice the propers for the 23rd Sunday (4th of September). Since the parish doesn’t have a setting in the repertoire for Psalm 42 (except maybe the Alstott setting we’ve used at Easter Vigil) I thought the 63rd would be a good Communion selection. A harmonious choice, not an exact match. Psalms 62 and 84 communicate longing for God pretty well, too.
Then I peeked at the readings for 9/11, which falls on a Sunday for the third time since that day. It doesn’t seem like a day of infamy will get a national recognition on the level of a civic holiday. But people are still touched, if not haunted by the vulnerability of that day. People have forgotten the Maine, even if they have a vauge memory of TR’s legendary heroics. Pearl Harbor a bit more–it has a movie named for it now.
After two times in cycle A, the new century’s observance lands on a day in which Jesus responds to the righteous with three (or two, in the shortened version) parables on seeking the lost. Hardly an exact match. I’ll have to ask a few staff colleagues what the community expects.
The Communion choices are interesting: Psalm 36 and 1 Corinthians 10:16. The latter, I assume, can be yoked to Psalm 116 like it is for Holy Thursday. Recalling the Last Supper with one of our settings of that Scripture would be interesting. Or maybe because the other antiphon refers to “shelter in the shadow of your wings,” I could program “Shelter Me O God,” or even “On Eagles Wings.”
What do you think? 9/11 fading because of the seemingly fruitless war that followed it? Stick with the readings, and maybe the proper psalms?