Lent 2013 is celebrated during the Year of Faith and our music can reflect both the meaning of the season and the wider context of this celebration. The 3rd suggestion for the Entrance Song – Increase our Faith – has a focus on both faith and on prayer which is one of the elements of the season of Lent.
We also mark the 40 days of Lent at a time when Trócaire (Overseas Development Agency of the Catholic Church in Ireland) is celebrating 40 years of working for justice and peace throughout the world. Some of the music choices are also from Emmanuel 2013 – Dublin Diocesan Second Level Music Programme and emphasise both faith and justice. St. Patrick’s Day falls on the 5th Sunday of Lent which calls for imagination in combining these two celebrations liturgically and musically. Ideas for 17 March 2013 are offered in detail after the main presentation.
Entrance Songs Bless the Lord (Taizé)
All sing: Bless the Lord my soul, and bless God’s holy name.
Bless the Lord my soul who leads me into life.
Grant to us, O Lord (Lucien Deiss)
All sing: Grant to us, O Lord, a heart renewed
Recreate in us your own spirit, Lord.
Increase our Faith (David Haas)
All sing: Lord, increase our faith, with all our heart may we always follow you.
Teach us to pray always.
Penitential Rite Mass of St. Columba (Columba McCann)
All sing: Lord, have mercy, Christ have mercy, Lord have mercy
1. Psalm 90 (Marty Haugen)
All sing: Be with me, Lord, when I am in trouble, be with me, Lord, I pray
2. Psalm 26 (Paul Inwood)
All sing: The Lord is my light and my help
3. Psalm 102 (Ronan McDonagh)
All sing: My soul, give thanks to the Lord and never forget all his blessings
4. Psalm 33 (Christopher Willcock)
All sing: Taste and see the goodness of the Lord (2)
5. Psalm 125 (Fintan O’Carroll)
All sing: What marvels the Lord worked for us! Indeed we were glad.
6. Psalm 21 (Liam Lawton)
All sing: My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?
Why have you forsaken me?
Gospel Acclamation Praise to You (Columba McCann)
All sing: Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ!
Glory praise and honour to you.
Presentation of Gifts
1. Your Faith in Me (Ian Callanan) Em 2013
2. Clouds’ Veil (Liam Lawton)
3. Give us Faith, Lord (Dan Schutte) Em 2013
4. O Taste and See (Marty Haugen) Em 2013
5. Ag Críost and Síol (Sean Ó Riada)
6. Pierced Saviour (Sue Furlong)
Eucharistic Prayer Acclamations – Glendalough Mass (Liam Lawton)
All sing: Hosanna, Hosanna, Hosanna in the Highest
Hosanna, Hosanna, Hosanna in the Highest
All sing: Save us, Saviour of the world, Save us, Saviour of the world,
For by your cross and resurrection you have set us free, you have set us free.
All sing: Amen, Amen, Amen, Amen.
Breaking of Bread Mass of St. Columba (Columba McCann)
1. Eagles’ Wings (Michael Joncas)
2. Song of the Servant (Ricky Manolo) Em 2013
3. Make me a channel of your peace (Sebastian Temple) Em 2013
4. O Esca Viatorum (J.C. Shanahan) Em 2013
5. Deus meus adiuva me (Traditional)
6. B’Íosa im chroíse (Traditional)
Music for the 5th Sunday of Lent/St. Patrick’s Day 2013
Sing the Mass – Anthology of Music for the Irish Church has a wide range of Mass settings by Irish composers. The late Father Tom Egan’s Eucharistic Prayer Acclamations are based on a Donegal laoi and as a result have a distinctly Irish flavour. They also have the advantage of a simple melody which is repeated and 3 part possibilities for the music group. Seán Ó Riada’s Kyrie and Agnus Dei in Irish from his first Mass are quite well known and would fit in well with this setting.
Seoirse Bodley’s Mass of Peace is popular and also in keeping with the Irish spirit as is Father Liam Lawton’s Glendalough Mass. Keep in mind that the Gloria is sung on this Solemnity even in Lent.
The singing of the musical refrain Credo, Credo, Credo Amen (Lourdes) between the three sections of the Apostles’ Creed is recommended for the seasons of Lent and Easter.
Hymns, Choral Arrangements in Irish and English
Hail Glorious Saint Patrick, Dóchas Linn Naomh Pádraig and Críost Liom are popular and in the Veritas Hymnal.
Patrick’s Breastplate/Lúireach Phádraig is a statement of faith in the Trinity working in our daily lives (full text below). Musical settings vary from the lyrical and evocative Deer’s Cry by Shaun Davey (In Caelo) to the hymn in the Anglican tradition I Bind Unto Myself Today arranged by Sir Charles Villiers Stanford from old Irish melodies of the Petrie collection.
There are choral versions by composers such as Arvo Part, Margaret Rizza, John Rutter and Marie Dunne CHF.
There are also the popular and very singable settings Christ Be Beside Me to a tune of Eleanor Farjeon and Christ Be Near At Either Hand by the late Canon John Fennelly of Greystones.
Father Pat Ahern’s Aifreann Phádraig Naofa contains Rian Phádraig on a text of Monsignor Oliver Crilly which was subsequently translated into English by Father Dermod McCarthy. As this text uses Alleluia in the first line – Pádraig Aspal, Alleluia – this can be altered to Pádraig Aspal, Aspal Éirinn when used during Lent.