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To Thee have I lifted up my soul (Introit – 1st Sunday of Advent)

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Nous Rendons Grâce a Dieu

Posted by james0235 on May 23, 2010

This afternoon I attended a concert at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church called Nous Rendons Grâce à Dieu or We give thanks to God, the last phrase spoken by the people in the Mass in French. Last year’s My Spirit Rejoices was also held on Pentecost so maybe this is an annual thing. I certainly hope it is.

The calendar on the parish website listed this as “a program of French music” but, with I believe one exception, it was all Latin but by French composers. The choir at St. Francis of Assisi seems to be made up of some very talented people under very good direction. And that combination sometimes seems hard to find.

Quite a few years ago at one parish in Central Ohio that I will not name I asked the pastor about the possibility of having some Gregorian chant or traditional Catholic hymns instead of the usual St. Louis Jesuits, Marty Haugen, and David Haas. His response was “I don’t think that is necessary.” When I pointed out to him some of the things that the popes and bishops have written on music in the Mass I believe the terms he used were “archaic” and “pre-Vatican II” – and this was in reference to quotes from the Vatican II documents themselves. I am not exactly sure how Vatican II can be pre-Vatican II but his arguments in defense of his liturgical abuses were just as powerful. But, that is a topic for another day.

Seeing that this was going nowhere I decided to approach the music director with my requests. She actually had no idea what Gregorian chant was – she had never heard of it. And in reference to my request for some traditional Catholic hymns in place of the folk music she responded that we often have traditional Catholic hymns – and then she gave City of God, On Eagle’s Wings, Be Not Afraid, and several other songs I cannot remember as examples.

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Asperges Me

Posted by james0235 on May 23, 2010

In the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite the priest sprinkles holy water on the people before the principal Mass on Sundays. Beginning on Pentecost the Antiphon that is sung at this time changes from the Vidi Aquam to the Asperges Me.  These Antiphons can be used as part of the Rite of Sprinkling before Mass in the Ordinary Form of the Roman Rite. When the Rite of Sprinkling is used it replaces the Penitential Rite in that Mass.

On Sundays, especially in the Season of Easter, in place of the customary Act of Penitence, from time to time the blessing and sprinkling of water to recall Baptism may take place.

General Instruction of the Roman Missal 51

Asperges me, Domine, hyssopo et mundabor,
Lavabis me, et super nivem dealbabor.
Miserere mei, Deus, secundum magnam misericordiam tuam.

Gloria Patri et Filio et Spiritui Sancto
Sicut erat in principio, et nunc, et semper, et in saecula saeculorum. Amen.

You will sprinkle me, O Lord, with hyssop and I shall be cleansed
You will wash me, and I shall be whitewashed more than snow is.
Pity me, O God, according to Your great mercy.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit
As it was in the beginning, is now, and always shall be in ages of ages. Amen.


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Regina Caeli

Posted by james0235 on March 29, 2010

Being that it is Holy Week I ‘ll post this now as I don’t know that I will be spending much time at all online in the next few days.

Beginning with Compline on Holy Saturday the Seasonal Marian Antiphon changes from the Ave Regina Caelorum to the Regina Caeli. The Regina Caeli is prayed until the evening of Trinity Sunday. In addition to its use in the Liturgy of the Hours at the end of Compline (Night Prayer) it also replaces the Angelus during the Easter Season.

Regina cæli, lætare, alleluia:

Quia quem meruisti portare, alleluia.

Resurrexit, sicut dixit, alleluia.

Ora pro nobis Deum, alleluia.

Queen of Heaven, rejoice, alleluia.

For He whom you did merit to bear, alleluia.

Has risen, as He said, alleluia.

Pray for us to God, alleluia.

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Ave Regina Caelorum

Posted by james0235 on February 2, 2010

Beginning at Compline on the Feast of the Purification (also known as the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord or Candlemas) the seasonal Marian Antiphon changes from the Alma Redemptoris to the Ave Regina Caelorum. This Antiphon is used until the Triduum.

Ave, Regina Caelorum,

Ave, Domina Angelorum:

Salve, radix, salve, porta

Ex qua mundo lux est orta:

Gaude, Virgo gloriosa,

Super omnes speciosa,

Vale, o valde decora,

Et pro nobis Christum exora.

Hail, O Queen of Heaven enthroned.

Hail, by angels mistress owned.

Root of Jesse, Gate of Morn

Whence the world’s true light was born:

Glorious Virgin, Joy to thee,

Loveliest whom in heaven they see;

Fairest thou, where all are fair,

Plead with Christ our souls to spare.

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Down in Adoration Falling

Posted by james0235 on January 31, 2010

Matt Maher’s version of the Tantum Ergo is often used during Adoration at XLT. The next one will be this Wednesday and will feature a talk by international chastity speaker Jason Evert.

Down in adoration falling
This great sacrament we hail
Over ancient forms departing
Newer rites of grace prevail
Faith for all defects supplying
Where the feeble senses fail

To the everlasting Father
And the Son who reigns on high
With the Spirit blest, proceeding
Forth from each eternally
Be salvation, honor, blessing
Might and endless majesty

Jesus, Lamb of God, saving love for all
Lord of heaven and earth, Father’s love for all
I bow to You
Jesus, Lamb of God, saving love for all
Lord of heaven and earth
I bow to You, bow to You, I bow to You

Pour upon us, Lord of mercy
Spirit of Thy selfless love
Make us of one true heart yearning
For the glory of thy Son
Jesus, fire of justice blazing
Gladdening light forevermore

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Alma Redemptoris

Posted by james0235 on November 29, 2009

Beginning at 1st Vespers of Advent the Seasonal Marian Antiphon changes from the Salve Regina to the Alma Redemptoris.

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Ad te levávi

Posted by james0235 on November 29, 2009

This is the Introit (Entrance Antiphon) for the Mass of the Roman Rite in both its Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms for the 1st Sunday of Advent. And it was the inspiration for the name of this blog.

Ad te levávi ánimam meam, Deus meus, in te confído, non erubéscam. Neque irrídeant me inimíci mei, étenim univérsi qui te exspéctant non confundéntur.

To you, my God, I lift my soul, I trust in you; let me never come to shame. Do not let my enemies laugh at me. No one who waits for you is ever put to shame.
(Official ICEL translation)

To Thee have I lifted up my soul: in Thee, O my God, I put my trust, let me not be ashamed: neither let my enemies laugh at me: for none of them that wait on Thee shall be confounded.
(1962 Roman Catholic Daily Missal)

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A Meditation on Psalm 19 and Psalm 137

Posted by james0235 on June 11, 2009

Hat Tip to man with black hat

By the rivers of Babylon

Where we sat down

There we wept

When he remembered Zion
By the waters of Babylon, there we sat down and wept, when we remembered Zion.

Psalm 137:1

Then the wicked

Carried us away in captivity

Required from us a song

Now how shall we sing the Lord’s song

in a strange land
For there our captors required of us songs, and our tormentors, mirth, saying, “Sing us one of the songs of Zion!” How shall we sing the LORD’s song in a foreign land?

Psalm 137:3-4

Let the words of our mouth

and the meditation of our heart

be acceptable in thy sight here tonight
Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer.

Psalm 19:14

Edited to add:

Liturgically Psalm 19:14 (which is 19:15 in the NAB) is used:

– Monday 1st Week of Lent Responsorial Psalm

– Saturday 1st Week in Ordinary Time Year I Responsorial Psalm

– 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C Responsorial Psalm

– Monday 7th Week in Ordinary Time Year II Responsorial Psalm

Liturgically, Psalm 137:1 is used:

– 4th Sunday of Lent Year B Responsorial Psalm

– Friday 12th Week in Ordinary Time Year II Responsorial Psalm

– Wednesday 26th Week in Ordinary Time Year I Responsorial Psalm

– Feast of Saints Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael (September 29th) Communion Antiphon

– Mass for Various Needs and Occasions: In Thanksgiving Communion Antiphon (1st Option)

and 137:3-4 is used:

– 4th Sunday of Lent Year B Responsorial Psalm

– Friday 12th Week in Ordinary Time Year II Responsorial Psalm

– Wednesday 26th Week in Ordinary Time Year I Responsorial Psalm

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Veni Sancte Spiritus

Posted by james0235 on May 31, 2009

Veni Sancte Spiritus is the Sequence to be sung or read at every Mass on Pentecost Sunday in the Roman Rite. In the Ordinary Form of the Roman Rite the Sequences of Corpus Christi and the Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows are optional (and therefore rarely heard). But, those of Easter and Pentecost are always mandatory.

The Sequence, which is optional except on Easter Sunday and on Pentecost Day, is sung before the Alleluia.
General Instruction of the Roman Missal 64

Veni Sancte Spiritus is typically attributed to either Pope Innocent III or to Archbishop Stephen Langton, the man who divided the Bible into chapters.

Come, Holy Spirit, come!
And from Thy celestial home
Shed a ray of light divine!

Come Father of the poor!
Come source of all our store!
Come within our bosoms shine!

Thou, of comforters the best;
Thou, the soul’s most welcome guest;
Sweet refreshment here below;

In our labor, rest most sweet;
Grateful coolness in the heat,
Solace in the midst of woe.

O most blessed Light divine
Shine within these hearts of Thine.
And our inmost being fill!

Where you are not, man has naught,
Nothing good in deed or thought,
Nothing free from taint of ill.

Heal our wounds, our strength renew;
On our dryness pour Thy dew;
Wash the stains of guilt away:

Bend the stubborn heart and will;
Melt the frozen, warm the chill;
Guide the steps that go astray.

On the faithful who adore
And confess you, evermore
In your sevenfold gift descend;

Give them virtue’s sure reward;
Give them Thy salvation, Lord;
Give them joys that never end.
Amen. Alleluia.


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My Spirit Rejoices

Posted by james0235 on May 30, 2009

This looks very interesting. I plan on being there tomorrow.

My Spirit Rejoices

A Spring bouquet of musical offerings by

Saint Saens, Biebl, Rachmaninoff, Zielenski, Phillips,

Bach, Mozart, Guerrero and Kelly

Sunday, May 31st at 3:00p.m.

St. Francis of Assisi Choir

Admission and parking are free. Donations received for charity.

St. Francis of Assisi, 386 Buttles Ave. in Victorian Village

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