Project Description

April 16, 2016

Greetings parishioners,

Again, thank you for your kind words of welcome – please come say hello if you see me before or after Mass!

Many or most of you will be familiar with chants that we sing at certain times of the year – such as the Victimae paschali laudes, or Veni creator spiritus. The reality is that we don’t have to wait for special feast days to experience the grace that flows from this musical practice! As such, a small change you may have noticed is the chanting of an Entrance and Communion antiphon before each respective hymn. In the Roman Missal, there is an antiphon proper to each day of the liturgical year, which further highlights the readings of the day and helps us to delve more deeply into the meaning of the Living Word. These chants are a way we can tap into the rich tradition of the Church while still maintaining our familiar traditions of hymnody. Though originally in Latin, the particular chants we will be using are in English, translated by Fr. Columba Kelly, OSB, a Benedictine monk at the Saint Meinrad Archabbey. The chants are new compositions that bridge the ancient texts to the modernity of our time and language. I encourage you to listen carefully to the text of the antiphons – the undulating, meditative melodies help create a meditative place in our minds for the mysteries of the Mass that we gather to celebrate together. In the future, perhaps we can all join in singing an antiphon responsory together, but for now, just sit back and listen attentively. I hope you will come to love this beautiful part of the Entrance and Communion Rite.

As always, I am still working to find my way around and make plans for the music program here at Christ the King. If you would be interested in singing in the choir either at 8:45 Mass or for a possible new choir at 10:30 Mass, please contact me at jbush@christthekingonline.org. If you are interested in being a Lector or other liturgical minister, please contact me as well and we can get you trained and serving at Mass. Your time and talent is such an important part of this parish, and it is your service and active participation that will bring more beauty, solemnity, and joy to the liturgy. Additionally, please don’t hesitate to let me know if there is something I can do to make the liturgy a more prayerful experience for you and your families, and please pray for me.

 

Peace,

 

Jessica M. Bush

Director of Music & Liturgy