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Sunday Parish Bulletin 

01/20/2019

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 Fr. Novajosky’s Note

 

Dear Members of the Cathedral Parish,

Hopefully you noticed something different about today’s Mass when compared with Masses in recent months. I’m not talking about the color, although green has returned as we moved into Ordinary Time. The change of which I speak is more about sound, although there was something visual connected with it. I am speaking about some of the parts at Mass.

Beginning this weekend and continuing until the start of Lent on Ash Wednesday, three of the Mass parts on Sun- day will be different: Kyrie (Lord, have mercy), Sanctus (Holy, Holy, Holy) and Agnus Dei (Lamb of God). TheGloria will remain the same, as will the Mortem Tuam (chanted during the Roman Canon/Eucharistic Prayer). The reason for the change is due to the season. We are seeking to connect the chants with the season or feast. For example, Jingle Bells talks about snow or Away in a Manger is a Christmas carol so we only sing them around Christmas or in the winter. The chants can have a connection as well, as least that’s our goal. Some of the chants have a specific traditional connection while others can be used at any time. The choice that we have made is to use these three chants for Ordinary Time. They will disappear for Lent and Easter and return at the end of June when we move back to Ordinary time and remain through November. What this should give us are distinct sets of chants for each of the following time periods: Advent & Lent (simple Latin chants), Christmas & Easter (slightly more elaborate chant for the celebration) and Ordinary Time. In the years to come, hopefully we will be able to expand it even more so that, simply from the chants of the regular (“ordinary”) parts alone, one can know the sea- son. There are two additional points to make about the chants.

The first is that I understand the aversion that many might have toward not only singing, but to singing the Latin. I’ve been here at the parish since September 2016 and know that many do not sing the chants. Whatever the rea- sons might be, I wish to eliminate the reason that people do not sing is that they do not know it. There are two ways to help introduce and teach the chants. The first can be done individually at home by going to the website (thecathedralparish.org). On the right side of the page, you will see a picture of chant and the words “Music dur- ing the Liturgy.” Alternatively, you can click on “Sacred Music” on the top menu and then navigate the page “Music during the Liturgy.” Clicking on the words or image will bring you to a page with videos with the chants so that you can both see and hear them. You can play it over and over again until it’s memorized. How great is that! The second way will be by inperson presentations and practice sessions. Next Sunday, January 27, Dr. Sam Schmitt, our Director of Music, will offer two opportunities to review some of the chants. We would hope to offer this regularly with the change of the chants. If it is well received, we can look at something more regular. Immediately following the 12:30 Mass at St. Patrick next Sunday, Sam will offer 30 minutes to introduce and re- view some of the chants. A second brief opportunity will be next Sunday as well at 5 P.M. at St. Augustine Ca- thedral. Please sit in the first few pews at that time if you wish to participate.

In addition to the auditory change this week, there was also a visual alteration. Dr. Schmitt each week creates the worship flyers and beginning this week a modification has been made to them. I am very pleased for the change and grateful for the time put into them. They are not premade somewhere else. They are all his creation and it takes time, both to digitally create on the computer and also to physically create the hard copies. The choice for the change increases the amount of space by adding an entire doublesided sheet. The extra space now provides for additional artwork but, more importantly, it allows for inclusion of the chants. While many cannot read music, there is something simple that can be followed in the chants. When the notes ascend on the page, the music gets higher, and when the notes descend, the music gets lower. I would appreciate your feedback about the new pro- grams, positive or negative.

Music is essential to the liturgy. From the very beginning, the Church has sung her prayers. It is my hope that we can continue to grow and move forward so that EVERYONE will want to sing. Our patron, St. Augustine, said that is the lover who sings (“Cantare amantis est”). For reasons to be discussed at another time, chant is the pre- ferred music of the Church and traces its liturgical usage back to Pope St. Gregory the Great in the sixth century (1,400 years!!!). Cantemus! (“Let us sing!”)

Have a great week and see you again soon. You are in my prayers daily, especially during the offering of the sac- rifice of the Holy Mass. Saint Augustine and Saint Patrick, our patrons, pray for us!

Fr. Novajosky

 

 

 

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