This week’s Mass Settings column features the Missa Marialis, one of my all time favorite Mass Settings. Though I don’t think it was intended this way, I have almost always seen this setting used as a penitential setting for Advent and Lent. For this reason, I don’t think I have ever heard the Gloria piece of this setting sung. (And why it’s not linked below.) It is the Fourth Communion Service for the 1940 Hymnal. The Creed and Lord’s Prayer are omitted from the 1982 Hymnal. (Hymnal citations refer to the 1940 Hymnal, those in parentheses refer to the 1982 Hymnal.)
Kyrie-719 (S 92)
Gloria- 724 (S 203)
Sanctus/Benedictus- 721 (S 115)
Angus Dei-723 (S 159)
There have been a couple of successful albums featuring nuns recently. As you can imagine, I like this very much.
First was the album, Advent at Ephesus, recorded by the Benedictine Sisters of Mary, Queen of Apostles:
These same sisters then released Angels and Saints at Ephesus:
Now, the Domincan Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist have released Mater Eucharistiae. The album debuted at #2 on the iTunes classical chart, and reached #3 overall in Amazon’s music sales on the second day. You can watch a video about these nuns and their music below.
The Willan Setting for Mass is one of the most common, if not the most common settings in use in Anglican Churches. There is, I think, something comforting about it (probably because of its wide usage) but it can, if used too often, become boring and thus, distracting. I’ll put it this way: I recently heard someone describe it as the mass setting every Episcopalian is born knowing. It is the Second Communion Service in the 1940 Hymnal, and is listed as Missa de Sancta Maria Magdalena in the 1982 Hymnal.
The Kyrie is number 710 in the Hymnal 1940 (and S91 in the 1982 Hymnal), the Gloria is 713 (S202), The Sanctus is 711 (S114), The Angus Dei is 712 (S158). This setting also includes sung responses to the Decalogue, 708 in the 1940 Hymnal. There is no setting for the Creed.
Below are some excerpts from this setting.