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1 Planning music for the Mass “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” John 1:14 Photo by Holly Hayes on Flickr

2 1. The Mass Some background  The roots of the Mass or Eucharist are in a Jewish table ritual associated with Passover  Jesus gave this ritual meal new meaning at the Last Supper when he identified with the bread and wine  The meaning of the Mass became clearer to the Church after Jesus’ death and resurrection under the guidance of the Holy Spirit.  Over the early centuries Church liturgies became more formal as house meetings were replaced by congregations and ministries and texts were defined more clearly.  Vatican II called for ‘active participation’ of all

3 Structure of the Mass Introductory rite Liturgy of the Word Liturgy of the Eucharist Concluding rite

4 Introductory rite Recognises that christian life and worship are connected Recalls our baptism Reminds us that we are members of the Body of Christ Calls us to unity in the Holy Spirit Prepares us to listen to God

5 Liturgy of the Word Proclaims early Jewish and Christian texts as the inspired Word of God We listen to what God is saying to us today in the readings and homily We respond in word or song  responsorial psalm  creed  prayers of the faithful Photo by Ken and Nyetta on FlickrKen and Nyetta

6 A ritual meal Thanksgiving (cf. Greek, eucharistia) Christ’s generous self-gift Holy communion Anticipating the fulfillment of God’s reign when Christ in “all in all” Liturgy of the Eucharist Photo by Cycling Mollie on FlickrCycling Mollie

7 Concluding rite The word “Mass” comes from the Latin missa which means sending or dispatching The community is sent as leaven into the world to spread Christ’s message of peace by word and lives of service

8 Seasons and cycles Sunday Masses follow a liturgical year covering the major Christian feasts Advent, Christmas, Ordinary Time (I), Lent, Easter Triduum, Easter (including Ascension), Pentecost and Ordinary Time (II) through to Trinity, Corpus Christi and finally Christ the King A three year cycle of readings  Year A – Matthew  Year B – Mark  Year C – Luke

9 2. Music in the Mass Photo: by hoyasmeg on Flickr

10 What the Church says: The Christian faithful who come together as one in expectation of the Lord’s coming are instructed by the Apostle Paul to sing together Psalms, hymns, and spiritual canticles (cf. Col 3: 16). Singing is the sign of the heart’s joy (cf. Acts 2: 46). Thus St Augustine says rightly, ‘Singing is for one who loves’, and there is also an ancient proverb: ‘Whoever sings well prays twice over.’ Great importance should therefore be attached to the use of singing in the celebration of the Mass, with due consideration for the culture of peoples and abilities of each liturgical assembly. Sacred music should... correspond to the spirit of the liturgical action and... foster the participation of all the faithful. General Instruction of the Roman Missal (2010) 39-41

11 Music helps us enter into the action Music can  Remind us that we are members of Christ’s body  Help us to make connections between God’s Word and our lives  Help us recognise Christ’s presence  Invite us to respond to God with mind, heart, mind and strength  Spur us on to spread the gospel

12 Good liturgical music  Connects people  Combines good music and good theology  Is appropriate for season, part of mass, readings, community  Uses themes from scripture and our daily lives cf. Mary Betz

13 TASK: For 29 th Sunday Ordinary Time, Year B MISSION SUNDAY: a) Read the Gospel, OT, Psalm and NT b) Circle the words that jump out c) Jot down common themes “Awake, O harp and lyre! I will awake the dawn! I will give thanks to you, O God among the peoples; I will sing praises to you among the nations” Psalm 57

14 Fits the readings & liturgy! 3. The planning process  be appropriate  be sensitive  be organised Suits the people! Well done Good music

15 Be appropriate Choose lyrics and music that are  Founded in scripture  In harmony with the nature of the Mass the liturgical season the position in the Mass gathering  listening  reflecting  praying  praising  communion  contemplation  sending  the communal nature of the Mass (i.e. uses “we”, “us” rather than “I”, “my” language)

16 Be sensitive To gender, ethnicity, age, knowledge To issues of the day Provide variety  cantor / group / people / instrumental  room for silence  some familiar, some new Respect copyright

17 Be organised Musicians need to lead People need to be taught new music Words need to be easily read Include melody for new responses Music needs to be practiced (especially introductions) Ensure the sound system is set up well

18 James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came forwad to Jesus and said to him, “Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask of you.” And Jesus said to them, “What is it you want me to do for you?” And they said to him, “Grant us to sit, one on your right hand and one on your left, in your glory.” But Jesus said to them, “You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I drink, or be baptised with the baptism that I am baptised with?” They replied, “We are able.” Then Jesus said to them, “The cup that I drink you will drink; and with the baptism with which I am baptised, you will be baptised; but to sit at my right hand or at my left is not mine to grant, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared.” When the ten heard this, they began to be angry with James and John. GOSPEL Mark 10: th Sunday B MISSION SUNDAY Beginning a new life suffering glorious future

19 The servant of the Lord has borne our infirmaties and carried our diseases; yet we accounted him stricken, struck down by God, and afflicted. It was the will of the Lord to crush him with pain. When you made his life an offering for sin, he shall see his offspring, and shall prolong his days; through him the will of the Lord shall prosper. Out of his anguish he shall see light; he shall find satisfaction through his knowledge. The righteous one, my servant, shall make many righteous, and he shall bear their iniquities. First Reading Isaiah 53:4, suffering glorious future loving mercy of God

20 RESPONSORIAL PSALM Psalm 33 R/-Lord, let your mercy be on us, as we place our trust in you. The word of the Lord is upright, and all his work is done in faithfulness. He loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of the steadfast love of the Lord. Truly the eye of the Lord is on those who fear him, on those who hope in his love, to deliver their soul from death, and to keep them alive in famine. Our soul waits for the Lord; he is our help and our shield. Let your steadfast love. O Lord, be upon us, even as we hope in you. loving mercy of God glorious future

21 SECOND READING Hebrews 4:14–16 Since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast to our confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathise with our weaknesses, but we have one who in every respect has been tested as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. loving mercy of God glorious future

22 Ideas from the readings  God’s merciful love Suffering Servant – Isaiah  Jesus’ mission: self-giving The cup that I must drink (suffering) The baptism I am baptised with (death and resurrection)  Jesus has become our high priest Who is understanding and merciful Who gives help to those who ask  For us disciples Our mission will be demanding We should trust in God and ask for help A glorious future has been prepared for us

23 My choices.. Gathering Song: Gather your People (Hurd) Responsorial Psalm Ps 33: A Trusting Psalm (Bates) Gospel Accl: Your Words are Spirit and Life (Farrell) Preparation of the Gifts: Blest are They (Haas) Mass of St. Teresa (Mews) Memorial Accl.: We proclaim your death O Lord (Mews) During Communion: Bread of Life (Farrell) After Communion: silence Recessional: Break Open the Word (Paxton)

24 Gathering Hymn To open the celebration To unite the assembled people To set the tone of the season and create an atmosphere of celebration To prepare people for listening to the Word To accompany the procession of ministers Gathering Song: Gather your People (Hurd)

25 Psalm Usually drawn from the psalm of the day from the lectionary because these are chosen to go with the First Testament reading Responsorial psalms are the most common - the group/cantor sings the verses and the congregation responds with the antiphon Responsorial Psalm Ps 33: A Trusting Psalm (Bates)

26 Gospel Acclamation An Alleluia often with verse(s) from the lectionary, sung by the congregation or music group/congregation. Gospel Acclamation: Your Words are Spirit and Life (Farrell)

27 Preparation of the Gifts Song may accompany the preparation of the table, and the procession and preparation of the gifts. Instrumental music (or silence) may also be used. The song may be seasonal; it need not speak of bread, wine or offering. The function of a song here is to accompany and celebrate the communal aspects of the ritual action. Any song should continue until the bread and wine are placed on the altar. Preparation of the Gifts: Blest are They (Haas)

28 Parts of the Mass Holy, Holy – an intrinsic part of the Eucharistic Prayer, this acclamation of praise follows the preface and is sung by the whole congregation. Memorial Acclamation – Meant to proclaim the death, resurrection and second coming of Christ, this acclamation has several forms. Variation of texts and music is desirable. Great Amen – The whole congregation assents to the Eucharistic Prayer to make it their own. Fraction Rite (Lamb of God ) – the litany or song which accompanies the breaking of the bread. The singing may be repeated to cover the whole action at the altar. May be sung by congregation or group/cantor with the congregation responding. Mass of St. Teresa (Mews)

29 Communion (as people process) Can start when priest or people receive communion. The function of song here is to foster a sense of unity and community (not adoration). Simplicity is advised. Seasonal songs are appropriate during major liturgical seasons. Instrumental music may be used. The song should end in time for a period of silence, especially when another is to be sung in thanksgiving afterwards. May be sung by music group only or congregation. During Communion: Bread of Life (Farrell)

30 After Communion Optional opportunity for music after a period of silence A psalm, hymn, song of praise, especially if silence, instrumental or song by music group is used during communion. I chose silence (for contemplation)

31 Recessional Song/Music An unofficial song not part of the rite. Silence, instrumental or a song may be employed here. A congregational song is usually not used if the congregation has sung after communion. Recessional: Break Open the Word (Paxton) cf. Music in the Structure of the Liturgy


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