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Here's the latest information for music leaders in our parish
This time last year, all liturgical celebrations came to a halt due to COVID-19.  While being able to come together to celebrate Holy Week and Easter once again will be a great blessing, we will need to make accommodations to ensure that health guidelines are followed.  In particular, we will need to limit person-to-person contact and ensure physical distancing.  As such, please make yourself familiar with the arrangements outlined below.

Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord

Masses will not begin with a procession from the hall or solemn entrance from the narthex as they usually do.  Instead, the priest will process into the church as they do on a typical Sunday, and then bless the palms and proclaim Jesus' entry into Jerusalem.  The format will be as follows:
  • Usual welcome to Mass by the commentator
  • Entrance Hymn and Procession (we recommend All glory, laud and honour or The King of glory from our core parish repertoire)
  • Sign of the Cross and Greeting
  • Blessing of Palms
  • Proclamation of the Gospel of Jesus' entry into Jerusalem
  • Collect Prayer
Do not sing either the Penitential Act or Gloria. 
For music ministers, the rest of Mass proceeds as usual.

Thursday of the Lord's Supper

The Washing of the Feet will be omitted.

Only the priest and altar servers will make the procession to the Altar of Repose, with the assembly viewing and participating from their seats.  Similarly, the choir will remain in place and lead the singing of Sing, my tongue, the Saviour's glory from the gallery.

Friday of the Passion of the Lord

The Adoration of the Holy Cross will proceed as usual, except that touching the cross will not be possible - only bowing or genuflecting will be allowed.  Attendance limits mean that this ritual will probably take less time (and thus require less music) than usual.

The Easter Vigil in the Holy Night

There will not be a fire in the car park and procession as usual.  Instead, the fire will be prepared outside the doors of the church, and the assembly will turn and participate in the service of light from their seats.

Sunday of the Resurrection

Introductory Rites for all Sundays during Easter

Instead of the usual Penitential Act, the Sprinkling of Holy Water will take place instead.  This will be particularly significant given that we have not had regular access to blessed water for more than a year.  This will be the case for every Sunday through the Easter season, including Pentecost Sunday.  The format of the Introductory Rites will be as follows:
  • Usual welcome to Mass by the commentator
  • Entrance Hymn and Procession
  • Sign of the Cross and Greeting
  • Prayer of Thanksgiving over the Blessed Water
  • Sprinkling of Holy Water with Hymn
  • Gloria
  • Collect Prayer
To accompany the sprinkling of water, we recommend either Mass for Our Lady: Sprinkling Rite [I saw water flowing] (Steven C Warner and Karen Schneider Kirner), or River of glory (Dan Schutte).  Singers can find music for both of these in the Music for Parish Worship folder.  River of glory is proposed as a core repertoire replacement for Water of life, and will be sung at the Easter Vigil.
Listen to music for the Sprinkling Rite from Mass of Our Lady (Steven C Warner and Karen Schneider Kirner
Listen to River of glory (Dan Schutte)

Singing the Sequence on Easter Sunday

On Easter Sunday only, the singing of the Sequence after the Second Reading (and before the Alleluia) is mandatory.  To assist music ministers and the assembly participate, we recommend the use of the Easter Sequence, which sets an adapted translation of the text to the well-known tune Hymn to Joy (from Beethoven).  The Gospel Acclamation (Alleluia) then follows the sequence immediately.
If you have any questions or feedback, please contact Robert

Thank you for your support as we adapt to ensure our community's worship may continue.  We will endeavour to keep you informed of any changes.
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