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)
This second one, for the record, is the St. Michael’s Conference- Midwest. If you are an Anglican parent you need to be sending your children (12-20) to one of the St. Michael’s Conferences.
There’s an interesting article over at The AngloCatholic: The Anglican Patrimony: The Love of the Liturgy and the Love of the Least of These
But I say to you, and I say it to you with all the earnestness that I have, that if you are prepared to fight for the right of adoring Jesus in his Blessed Sacrament, then you have got to come out from before your Tabernacle and walk, with Christ mystically present in you, out into the streets of this country, and find the same Jesus in the people of your cities and your villages. You cannot claim to worship Jesus in the Tabernacle, if you do not pity Jesus in the slum.
We have to allow ourselves to be transformed by God’s grace. If we go to mass Sunday after Sunday and we aren’t transformed, then we have missed the point. I’m not by any means embracing the “social gospel”, but I think that being part of the Christian Community entails loving and caring for one’s neighbor.
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.
Tomorrow, instead of the Venite, the prayer book appoints the following.
PRAISE the Lord, for it is a good thing to sing praises unto our God; * yea, a joyful and pleasant thing it is to be thankful.
The Lord doth build up Jerusalem, * and gather together the outcasts of Israel.
He healeth those that are broken in heart, * and giveth medicine to heal their sickness.
O sing unto the Lord with thanksgiving; * sing praises upon the harp unto our God:
Who covereth the heaven with clouds, and prepareth rain for the earth; * and maketh the grass to grow upon the mountains, and herb for the use of men;
Who giveth fodder unto the cattle, * and feedeth the young ravens that call upon him.
Praise the Lord, O Jerusalem; * praise thy God, O Sion.
For he hath made fast the bars of thy gates, * and hath blessed thy children within thee.
He maketh peace in thy borders, * and filleth thee with the flour of wheat.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, * and to the Holy Ghost;
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, * world without end. Amen.
While I love the Venite, I think these anthems are fitting. I would only use them within the context of the Prayer Book; if I happened to use the Breviary on Thanksgiving Day (which I won’t this year, as I’ve firmly decided on using the prayer book) I would go ahead with the Venite, because the Venite is invariable, but also because there is no liturgical place for Thanksgiving Day in the Breviary. I suppose if a votive office existed (or was composed) the day could be liturgically recognized, but I still don’t think the Venite could be omitted.