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"It would be contrary to the Constitution to decree or even to hint that sung celebrations, especially of the Mass, should be in Latin."
— Annibale Bugnini attacking "Sacrosanctum Concilium" (§36)

FSSP.la Choir Communiqué • 10 September 2015
published 10 September 2015 by Jeff Ostrowski

1.) The music for this coming Sunday, 13 September (16th Sunday after Pentecost) has been posted HERE.

2.) First I will talk about Sunday; then I will address Friday’s Mass.

3.) For Sunday, what should you be practicing? It will depend on who you are. If you’re a new choir member, you might not be familiar with pieces that others have already learned. However, in general, the following seems accurate:

3a. Remember the DEAL we made, saying you would learn the new “Alleluia” for Sunday. (It’s number 4470)

3b. For several months, we’ve been trying to learn the polyphony for number 4594. Please continue practicing this.

3c. If you have forgotten how to sing the “Ave Maris Stella,” you need to review that one—did you notice we’re singing it during Communion this coming Sunday?

3d. Finally, there’s a new piece you should be working on called “Jesu Dulcis Memoria” (number 4428).

4.) Now that I have addressed Sunday, I will proceed to talk about Friday’s Mass.

5.) I am told this will be a very special Mass. I’m told it’s very important that we give something back to a parish (Saint Victor) which has given us so much. I’m told there might be tons of people in attendance.

6.) I will arrive at 6:00pm to rehearse with my brother and sister—from Kansas—and anyone wishing to come at 6:00pm is VERY WELCOME TO DO SO.

7.) Please email me, letting me know if you’ll be singing on Friday. Mass begins at 7:00pm.

8.) Here’s the program for Friday night’s Padre Pio Mass:

(a) There is no “Asperges”—Mass begins with Meaghan playing organ.

(b) The men will then sing the Introit not from the binders, but from a PRINTOUT I will give you.

(c) We will sing the Rice Kyrie. There is no Gloria.

(d) We will sing the Alleluia as usual, except the verses will come not from the binders, but from this PRINTOUT. There is no Credo.

(e) Men will sing the full Offertory not from the binders, but from this PRINTOUT.

(f) We will sing the Offertory hymn we’ve been singing lately.

(g) Sanctus & Agnus Dei will be as normal.

(h) Choir will receive Holy Communion while Meaghan plays. Then we will sing the Communion Antiphon as normal, except not from the binders, but from this PRINTOUT.

(i) If there’s time, we will sing the “Ave Maris Stella.” After Post-Communion, the Sanctíssimum is left on the Altar.

(j) After the Last Gospel, Fr. Fryar changes into his cope at the chair. Then he walks to the center of the Altar. He intones “O Salutaris Hostia.” (Number 968 in the Campion Missals). We continue it. Meaghan accompanies using this score.

(k) Fr. Fryar incenses the Sanctíssimum.

(l) A procession follows. During the procession we sing the “Pange Lingua” (Page 178 in Campion Missal) but not the final verses (“TANTUM ERGO”). We wrap up the Pange Lingua when everyone is situated.

(m) We pray the Rosary in the Church Basement.

(n) We process back up after the Rosary is finished, and while that happens we sing Number 950 in the Campion Missals.

(o) When Father places Sanctíssimum on Altar and kneels down, we begin “Tantum Ergo” (Number 969 in the Campion Missals). Meaghan accompanies using this file.

(p) After the Blessing with the Monstrance, we sing an Exit hymn: “Holy Ghost We Praise Thy Name” (Number 881 in the Campion Missal) which Meaghan accompanies with this file.