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Richard J. Clark has served since 1989 as Music Director and Organist at Saint Cecilia Church in Boston, Massachusetts. He is also Chapel Organist (Saint Mary’s Chapel) at Boston College. For the Archdiocese of Boston, he directed the Office of Divine Worship Saint Cecilia Schola. His compositions have been performed on four continents.
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"As the subject of the language of worship was discussed in the Council hall over the course of several days, I followed the process with great attention, as well as later the various wordings of the Liturgy Constitution until the final vote. I still remember very well how after several radical proposals a Sicilian bishop rose and implored the fathers to allow caution and reason to reign on this point, because otherwise there would be the danger that the entire Mass might be held in the language of the people — whereupon the entire hall burst into uproarious laughter."
— Alfons Cardinal Stickler (1997)

Free Communion Propers for Advent
published 8 November 2013 by Richard J. Clark

NFUSE CHANT WITH SOME PASSION! Energico e con moto is occasionally a helpful marking for Gregorian Chant or chant-inspired liturgical works. Chant must not be lethargic, plodding and boring. It can be tranquil at times, but always with movement. The texts are transformative. They propel us forward in spiritual maturity and closer to God. Keep moving forward and keep growing!

Free Download:
PDF • “Advent Communion Propers”
(for Schola, Organ, SATB)

• All are chant based.

• Includes communion propers for the four Sundays of Advent.

• Includes a setting for the Immaculate Conception on page 9. This year it falls on the Second Sunday of Advent (December 8th). Therefore, the Immaculate Conception is shifted to Monday, December 9th. My fellow blogger, Andrew Motyka brilliantly explains some interesting quirks of the liturgical calendar including information that pertains to the Immaculate Conception in his post Juggling Holy Days of Obligation.

• Can be sung with cantor or schola with organ. There is opportunity for optional SATB singing, designed to offer contrast with unison singing.

• Congregation inserts for worship aids found after page 9

THESE SETTINGS, LIKE MANY of my liturgical works, at times “float” around traditional harmony, “bending” not so much with dissonance, but hopefully with carefully placed color. This at times is to convey an ethereal tone, yet hopefully without drawing too much attention to itself.

In the end, I hope these are useful, prayerful, reverent, and with a bit of passion!

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