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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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Much of the beauty of the older forms was lost and the hymns did not really become classical. We have reason to hope that the present reform of the breviary will also give us back the old form of the hymns. But meanwhile it seems necessary to keep the later text. This is the one best known, it is given in all hymnbooks and is still the only authorized form. Only in one case have we printed the older text of a hymn, number 57, “Urbs Jerusalem.” The modern form of this begins: “Caelestis urbs Jerusalem.” But in this case the people who changed it in the seventeenth century did not even keep its metre; so the later version cannot be sung to the old, exceedingly beautiful tune.
— Fr. Adrian Fortescue (1913)

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Lent is near.
published 22 January 2016 by Richard J. Clark

ENT IS NEAR. And looming over church musicians is a quick transition of liturgical seasons.

Lent is is marked by preparation for baptism and penance. It is joyful with the expectation of resurrection. The Introit to Ash Wednesday, Misereris omnium sums it up well:

Your mercy extends to all things, O Lord, and you despise none of the things you have made. You overlook our sins for the sake of repentance. You grant them your pardon, because you are the Lord our God.” — Wisdom 11:24-25, 27

Here, are a few of my liturgical works for Lent, the Easter Vigil, and Easter. You can also listen to recordings:

Communion Antiphons for Lent | SATB, Organ, Assembly • World Library Publications

Christe qui lux es et dies | Based on Compline Hymn for Lent, SATBRJC Cecilia Music

Lumen Christi | Paschal Candle Procession | Deacon/Priest, Assembly, SATB • CanticaNOVA Publications

O Sacrum Convivium | TTB or SSA • (includes optional text for tempore quadragesimæ • RJC Cecilia Music

I Am Risen, Resurrexi | Introit for Easter Sunday, SATB, organ • RJC Cecilia Music

Just for fun, here is an unrelated non-liturgical work, simply to share another aspect of my composition inspired by the scriptures. In this setting of Psalm 137 (136) for soprano, cello, and piano, the cello introduction and coda quote the Gregorian Chant, Super flumina babylonis. The performances of Allesandra Cionco and Michael Dahlberg are sublime, for which I am truly grateful.