May 25, 2024

New Mass Parts

Beginning Trinity Sunday and the return to Ordinary Time after the Easter Season, we’ll be using a new Mass setting called the Mass of St. Mary Magdalene. The choirs chose it together because it is beautiful, singable, and reverent, and it will be our Mass setting used during Ordinary Time each year (following Pentecost until Christ the King, then again following the Christmas season until the beginning of Lent) for the foreseeable future.

In the life of the Church we mark the liturgical year with various seasons, including Advent, Lent, Easter, Christmas and Ordinary Time. The Mass settings, the pieces of accompanying music such as the Gloria and Holy, Holy, Holy that we use week to week, are integral to the liturgy always, but are recommended to be changed from time to time. It is most recommended that changes coincide with changes in liturgical season because it can help us to be more attentive to what is happening in our liturgical calendar. Periodic changes in Mass settings can also reflect changes in tone that are more appropriate to one liturgical season or another. For example, it’s more appropriate to have a simple, solemn Mass setting for Lent and a more joyful and full Mass setting for the Easter season. In the past year, you’ll notice that we have used various Mass settings as we transition more fully into this musical tradition of the Church.

As there will be a learning process, we have included the Mass parts here as a link for your listening.