The St Mungo Singers at the Chrism Mass
Thursday 5th April 10.30 for 11.00
in St Andrew’s Cathedral,Clyde Street.

Archbishop Mario Conti will be the chief concelebrant at the Chrism Mass and will be joined by all the clergy of the Archdiocese who are able to be there.

The St Mungo Singers will lead the congregation in song, and will enrich the gathering with their own choral contributions beginning with Calvisius’ Veni Sancte and Palestrina’s O Bone Jesu before the Entry song which this year is Bernadette Farrell’s Christ be our Light. If the procession takes longer than expected the music will continue with ‘You alone are holy.’ Since a major feature of the Chrism Mass is the blessing of the Holy Oils, we will also sing Noel Donnelly’s Veni, veni during the Mass.

Since we are still building up our repertoire for the new Missal the Gloria for the day will be that by Francis Duffy with the text adjusted, and the Sanctus and Memorial will be taken from Gerry Fitzpatrick’s adapted Jubilee Mass. The melody and choir parts of the Sanctus are unchanged though the text has a slight modification in the first line. The rhythm of the Memorial Acclamation has been modified to fit the new translation so will need to be rehearsed before Mass. There are lots of new settings of the Mass in circulation already, but for an archdiocesan event like the Chrism Mass it was felt that we should build on the known and gradually introduce the new.

Psalm 88 Sheetmusic

The Psalm suggested for this occasion is 88, the Agnus Dei will be plainsong XVIII, the Communion antiphon will be Whoever eats from Kevin Mayhew’s Music for the Eucharist, the Communion processionals will include Robert Kreutz’s You satisfy the Hungry Heart and Noel Donnelly’s One Body, One Faith, and the choir will sing the Royal School of Church Music motet ‘I give you a new commandment’ (Peter Aston) after Communion. The recessional will be Pam Murray’s fine Go Spread my Word and Harrison Oxley’s anthem ‘My Shepherd is Lord’ (again from the RSCM) will bring the music of the celebration to a resounding conclusion.. The parishes will collect their share of the Holy Oils after the Mass and many will have them brought in solemnly at the Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper.