Sunday, March 24, 2013
CHANTING THE PASSION ON PALM SUNDAY
It was a cold, dreary Palm Sunday in Macon. I think we had our March in January and now our January in March, but I digress.
Because of the drizzle, we could not go outside at our two principal Masses at 9:30 and 12:10 PM (the latter is now ad orientem).
So the procession came out from behind the Altar for the blessing of the palms from the sanctuary, the choir chanted the proper antiphon, "Hosanna..." Then as the palms were sprinkled after the introduction and blessing, the procession traveled to the entrance of the Church as the choir once again sang "Hosanna..." Then from the entrance all were asked to turn as face it and the Gospel was read with acclamation and antiphon. Then all sang "All Glory, laud and Honor" as the procession went to the altar once again. I changed from cope to chasuble at the side of the altar as in the EF and then proceeded to incense the altar. After I arrived at the chair, the choir sang the Greek Kyrie. This was an added touch and I recommend it highly! Don't omit the free standing Kyrie when there are preludal rites. Then I chanted the Collect.
The Passion was chanted by three cantors and marvelously. The photo above is from last year, but you get the picture. It was long, about 15 minutes and we stood throughout. I wonder if I should ask people to sit???? I start worrying about the length of things but I think it was well worth chanting. At our other Masses, we did the traditional passion with the congregation and others taking their parts. I like that too.
After my as usual brilliant homily that lasted four minutes, the Mass proceeded in the normal Ordinary Form Way. The 12:10 PM Mass as exactly as the 9:30 AM except the Liturgy of the Eucharist is ad orientem.
I must tell you, that with the influence of the EF on our OF since having the EF now for over five years, I have come to love the Ordinary Form of the Mass more than ever. I love it flexibility and the amble participation of the laity and of the other lay ministers that are allowed. I think traditionalist are barking up the wrong tree when they want to make the Mass overly clerical with out participation of the laity in that which is allowed to them.
Have a blessed Holy Week. Our diocesan Chrism Mass is this Tuesday!