Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Triduum A

Holy Thursday
Open: The Head that Once Was Crowned with Thorns (is crowned with glory now) to the tune Morning Song. It's actually listed in the book under Easter, but it talks enough about the "crowned with thorns part," I almost wouldn't want to use it during Easter and thought it was pretty appropriate for Holy Thursday, but I'd be interested to hear other feedback from those who were there or know the text.
Feet Washing: Wondrous Love
At that First Eucharist
Glory be to Jesus (Viva Viva Jesu)
Gifts: Where Charity and Love Prevail
Communion: Hoc Corpus
Humbly We Adore Thee (Adoro Te Devote)
Choir: Ave Verum (chant, with organ)
Transfer of Eucharist: Pange Lingua (4 verses English, then all in Latin)

Good Friday (all a cappella)
Veneration of the Cross: O Sacred Head
Reproaches (from the Sacramentary) I think this went well, next year will be better. it was "familiar" to some people, but probably some had never heard it before.
Glory Be to Jesus (Viva Viva Jesu)
My Song is Love Unknown (Love Unknown)
Were You There
Communion: Ah, Holy Jesus (Herzliebster Jesu) I'm surprised how many people didn't know this one. I thought it was very common. Next year I will incorporate it more during Lent.
Surely He Has Borne Our Griefs (by R. Holtz)
Sing My Tongue (Picardy)

Easter Vigil
a bunch of Psalms
Gloria (Lee)
Litany of the Saints (Becker, arranged to include "Saint" and real Saints)
Vidi Aquam
Gifts: Christ the Lord (Llanfair)
Communion: Pascha Nostrum
Alleluia, Sing To Jesus
(Easter Alleluia was also done on Sunday with verses, I think arr. by Haugen?)
Close: The Strife is O'er
Postlude: Llanfair arr. by somebody in the Augsburg Organ collection

(Easter Morning similar, including Jesus Christ is Risen today and Sing with all the Saints)


Gavin said...

I wouldn't use "The Head that Once Was Crowned" on Holy Thursday. I'll take another look at the text, but usually it's in protestant hymnals as an Ascension text. And it's usually sung to St. Magnus, which is an awesome tune but has one of those devilish octave jumps that we abhor in hymns we don't like but ignore in hymns we do like :P

I find "When I Survey the Wondrous Cross" excellent for a HT Entrance. The Introit is something like "Let us ever glory in the cross", so it seems rather appropriate. As I've often said, I like to try to match a hymn to the proper antiphon.

Mara Joy said...

oh, excellent idea of "when I survey!" The congregation didn't know it this year, and I was busy teaching them other new great hymns, so maybe next year.