As we are all still in isolation, here is a playlist of the chant for Palm Sunday along with some motets. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find a good quality YouTube video of the singing of the Passion.
We find ourselves in a situation where we need to keep the liturgies of Holy Week at home. This sort of situation is not unprecedented. My thoughts are drawn to the recusant Catholics of the Anglican persecution, the true Church in China and other underground Christians and even His Eminence Cardinal Pell who has been denied the right to offer the Holy Sacrifice for many months.
Rather than becoming angry and frustrated, let us resign ourselves to the permissive will of God as did Our Lady during the Passion. We should make the most of this opportunity to grow in our understanding and practice of the faith.
Collect for Saturday in Passion Week
We beseech Thee, O Lord, may Thy devoted people grow in the spirit of pious devotion, that learned in the holy rites, they may become the more pleasing to Thy majesty as they abound in spiritual gifts. Through Christ Our Lord…
In the Pearce household, we have greatly benefited from praying in union with livestreamed Masses and we are grateful to all priests who have made the liturgy available to us, especially the FSSP at Livemass.net. For Holy Week, however, we have decided not to livestream Mass but to do what we can to be present to the liturgy in our own home- a time for us to up our ‘Ecclesia Domestica’ game. (For that is our WiFi name after all!)
Being church musicians we are fortunate that we can sing most of the liturgy at home and have chosen (since no permission is required from Rome for a Missa Sicca or ‘Dry Mass‘) that we will celebrate according to the traditional Holy Week liturgy from before the reforms of 1955 which anticipated the promulgation of the Novus Ordo. The timing of these liturgies is more toddler friendly too!
Below I have provided notes on how this can be done at home. Some points to consider:
- We don’t have to try to replicate liturgical perfection at home. The point of this is to pray and absorb the theology of the ancient prayers and chants.
- This is an example of the maximum that can be done. If your kids get restless, cut things out and read them privately once they are in bed. The point here is to celebrate what we can and not to overdo things and put our families off. Better to do less for the greatest spiritual payoff than to try to do everything and end up with tantrums. It is consistent with my Benedictine spirituality to adapt things to the needs of those participating rather than making unattainable demands.
- We don’t allow toys in our home chapel but we do allow anything that we would pack in the Mass bag. Age appropriate books and colouring sheets are a good idea and since the ceremonies are longer than usual, we will allow a little more moving around than at the family rosary each evening.
- For those who can’t sing the liturgy, I have compiled playlists. These could even be used outside of the prayer time to keep a recollected atmosphere throughout the day.
Texts for each liturgy can be found here by selecting rubrics pre-1955 and selecting ‘Sancta Missa’ at the top of the page. Another option would be to print the relevant pages from a pre-1955 Missal such as the Fr Lasance Missal.
- Resources: Either sing or listen to chants using playlist here. Chant can be seen and printed here. Generally speaking, chants in Latin, readings and orations in English. Fr Lasance Missal pg388 onwards.
- Asperges III- Father of the family sprinkles home altar and family with holy water.
- Antiphon. Hosanna filio David followed by prayer- Deus Quem Diligere
- Lesson from Exodus 15
- Ant. In Monte Oliveti
- Father reads Gospel
- Always replace Dominus Vobiscum with V. Domine exaudi orationem meam. R. Et clamor meus ad te veniat
- Father reads through the blessings- Only a priest can command a blessing of an object but we can still pray that God will bless the palms/branches that we have prepared. We also benefit from the rich theology of the ancient prayers.
- Sing the Sanctus.
- Sing Pueri Hebraeorum while the Father hands branches to each family member in order.
- Procession- (The door of the prayer room/chapel is closed when the last person leaves.) The Father can lead with a large crucifix if one is available. Think of a reasonable procession route that includes parts of the house and garden.
- Sing Gloria, Laus et honor tibi sit during the procession.
- Return to the prayer room/chapel in time for the ending of the hymn. (If your family is large enough, you could have some inside the chapel as in the rubrics of the missal, if not just continue).
- The family wait outside the closed door of the chapel/prayer room.
- The father knocks three times on the closed door with the foot of the large crucifix. (He could just knock if no such crucifix is available.)
- Sing Ant. Ingrediente upon re-entering the room.
- N.B. You may decide here to skip to your time of spiritual communion depending on how the kids are doing.
The Missa Sicca proper
- Follow the missal as is.
- The reading of the passion.
- Option 1- Read the full Passion. C-Mother, S- All, + – Father
OR (if your kids are getting restless by now!)
- At what would be a low Mass, the Passion is substituted for the Gospel that is read before the blessing of the palms. You may decide that since you already read this earlier, you may omit it and give a summary of the passion in your own words for the benefit of the children.
- Sing the Credo
- Sing the offertory
- After the offertory, select some prayers from offertory of the Mass to prepare for a spiritual communion. (Suggestion- Suscipe Sancta Trinitas, asking God to receive all the Masses throughout the world. The preface could be read and the Sanctus sung. Pater Noster, Agnus Dei, Act of Spiritual Communion, silence.)
- Finish the prayers of the Mass. End with Benedicamus Domino in place of Ite Missa Est
I will post the same sort of resource for the Sacred Triduum in due course.
The full text of the Stabat Mater:
|STABAT Mater dolorosa|
iuxta Crucem lacrimosa,
dum pendebat Filius.
|AT, the Cross her station keeping,|
stood the mournful Mother weeping,
close to Jesus to the last.
|Cuius animam gementem,|
contristatam et dolentem
|Through her heart, His sorrow sharing,|
all His bitter anguish bearing,
now at length the sword has passed.
|O quam tristis et afflicta|
fuit illa benedicta,
|O how sad and sore distressed|
was that Mother, highly blest,
of the sole-begotten One.
|Quae maerebat et dolebat,|
pia Mater, dum videbat
nati poenas inclyti.
|Christ above in torment hangs,|
she beneath beholds the pangs
of her dying glorious Son.
|Quis est homo qui non fleret,|
matrem Christi si videret
in tanto supplicio?
|Is there one who would not weep,|
whelmed in miseries so deep,
Christ’s dear Mother to behold?
|Quis non posset contristari|
Christi Matrem contemplari
dolentem cum Filio?
|Can the human heart refrain|
from partaking in her pain,
in that Mother’s pain untold?
|Pro peccatis suae gentis|
vidit Iesum in tormentis,
et flagellis subditum.
|Bruised, derided, cursed, defiled,|
she beheld her tender Child
All with bloody scourges rent:
|Vidit suum dulcem Natum|
dum emisit spiritum.
|For the sins of His own nation,|
saw Him hang in desolation,
Till His spirit forth He sent.
|Eia, Mater, fons amoris|
me sentire vim doloris
fac, ut tecum lugeam.
|O thou Mother! fount of love!|
Touch my spirit from above,
make my heart with thine accord:
|Fac, ut ardeat cor meum|
in amando Christum Deum
ut sibi complaceam.
|Make me feel as thou hast felt;|
make my soul to glow and melt
with the love of Christ my Lord.
|Sancta Mater, istud agas,|
crucifixi fige plagas
cordi meo valide.
|Holy Mother! pierce me through,|
in my heart each wound renew
of my Savior crucified:
|Tui Nati vulnerati,|
tam dignati pro me pati,
poenas mecum divide.
|Let me share with thee His pain,|
who for all my sins was slain,
who for me in torments died.
|Fac me tecum pie flere,|
donec ego vixero.
|Let me mingle tears with thee,|
mourning Him who mourned for me,
all the days that I may live:
|Iuxta Crucem tecum stare,|
et me tibi sociare
in planctu desidero.
|By the Cross with thee to stay,|
there with thee to weep and pray,
is all I ask of thee to give.
|Virgo virginum praeclara,|
mihi iam non sis amara,
fac me tecum plangere.
|Virgin of all virgins blest!,|
Listen to my fond request:
let me share thy grief divine;
|Fac, ut portem Christi mortem,|
passionis fac consortem,
et plagas recolere.
|Let me, to my latest breath,|
in my body bear the death
of that dying Son of thine.
|Fac me plagis vulnerari,|
fac me Cruce inebriari,
et cruore Filii.
|Wounded with His every wound,|
steep my soul till it hath swooned,
in His very Blood away;
|Flammis ne urar succensus,|
per te, Virgo, sim defensus
in die iudicii.
|Be to me, O Virgin, nigh,|
lest in flames I burn and die,
in His awful Judgment Day.
|Christe, cum sit hinc exire,|
da per Matrem me venire
ad palmam victoriae.
|Christ, when Thou shalt call me hence,|
by Thy Mother my defense,
by Thy Cross my victory;
|Quando corpus morietur,|
fac, ut animae donetur
paradisi gloria. Amen.
|While my body here decays,|
may my soul Thy goodness praise,
safe in paradise with Thee. Amen.
Today marks the end of the Christmas season, but before taking down the tree and putting away the crib for another year, we have the beautiful feast of the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary or Candlemas.Continue reading “Candlemas: Lumen et Revelationem Gentium”
Despite the disappointing lack of snow here in Scotland, here is a German snow waltz!
Happy feast of St Stephen!
As the Christmas season has only just begun, here is a little festive number from a recent recital.
In Dulce Jubilo, J.S.Bach BWV 751 on the Lewis organ of Kelvingrove Art Gallery. Enjoy!
O Emmanuel (December 23)
O Emmanuel (Isaiah 7:14; 8:8; Luke 1:31-33),
our King and Lawgiver (Genesis 49:10; cf. Ezekiel 21:32), the Expected of the nations and their Savior (Isa 33:22): Come, and save us, O Lord our God.
O Rex Gentium or O King of the Nations (December 22)
O King of the Gentiles (Jeremiah 10:7; Haggai 2:7),
and the Desired of all, You are the Cornerstone that binds two into one (Isaiah 28:16; Matthew 21:42; Ephesians 2:20). * Come, and save man whom You fashioned out of clay (Genesis 2:7).
O Oriens or O Rising Dawn or Morning Star (December 21)
O Rising Dawn, (Jer 23:5; Zechariah 3:8; 6:12),
Radiance of the Light eternal (Habakkuk 3:4; Wisdom 7:26; Hebrews 1:3) and Sun of Justice (Malachi 3:20): * come, and enlighten those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death (Ps 107:10; Lk 1:78).
O Clavis David or O Key of David (December 20)
O Key of David, (Isaiah 22:22; Revelation 3:7)
and Scepter of the house of Israel (Numbers 24:17): You open and no man closes; you close and no man opens (Isaiah 22:22). * Come, and deliver him from the chains of prison who sits in darkness and in the shadow of death (Ps 107:10).