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In Monte Oliveti: How do we contemplate the Agony in Gethsemane?

The Agony in Gethsemane, when Jesus was praying in that garden at the foot of the Mount of Olives, spiritually and physically wrestling with his Passion that is to come.

My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me. (Matt 26:38)

What is our disposition to praying with Jesus in his agony whose beads of perspiration were akin to beads of blood? Read More…

Hymn: Ah, Holy Jesus

I came across the German hymn tune “Herzliebster Jesu” in one of my organ studies and though it was the first time I’ve encountered this hymn, the English translations lends itself to an intelligent catechism of the Good Friday passion.

If singing the chants provided by the Church is not your cup of tea, you may consider including this as part of the Good Friday music selections. Possibly apt for the period of Adoration of the Cross.

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Holy Week: Help for the Congregation

As the day for the openning of the restored Church of Sts. Peter & Paul draws nearer, there is much excitement among the Catholic community in Singapore.

If you would like to visit the restored national monument on its openning weekend, do come and participate in the Palm Sunday liturgy that has been laboriously prepared to celebrate the beginning of Holy Week.

You may wish to refer to the Missalettes on this site, print them and bring them along for your reference. Limited copies will also be made available for the church visitor. Read More…

Music Selections for March

Lent

We hope that the season of Lent has been a springtime of reflection, repentance and renewal.

Here are the selections of music that would accompany the Masses in March for the SPP Choir.

Choir Newsletter – March 2016

Update (7 March 2016):
Hymn numbers for Palm Sunday, Holy Thursday, Easter Sunday and 2nd Sunday of Easter have been revised to reflect the Hymn numbers for Journeysong 3rd. edition.

The parish of Sts. Peter & Paul have acquired the 3rd edition of Journeysong, to be used from Palm Sunday onwards.

First Sunday of Lent

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From Paschale Solemnitatis:

23. The first Sunday of Lent marks the beginning of the annual Lenten observance. In the Mass of this Sunday there should be some distinctive elements which underline this important moment, e.g., the entrance procession with litanies of the saints. During the Mass of the first Sunday in Lent, the bishop should celebrate the rite of election in the cathedral or in some other church, as seems appropriate.

Apart from fasting, abstinence and penance, which reside in the “Lex Vivendi” of the liturgy, within the liturgical experience, there exists an invitation by the Congregation for Divine Worship to mark the First Sunday of Lent with distinctive elements so as to heighten the experience that we are in the period of Lent.

We have practiced singing the Litany of the Saints to accompany the Entrance Procession in previous years, however this year, we will be adopting the Lenten Prose (notation 1, notation 2) instead, at the request of the parish leaders.

Ash Wednesday

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Consider two chants that are found in the Graduale Romanum that are often used to accompany the Imposition of Ashes on Ash Wednesday:

Immutemur habitu (video, chant notation)
Here is the booklet for the Ash Wednesday Mass presided by Pope Benedict XVI in 2012 featuring the “Immutemur habitu” on Page 51.

“Let us change our garments to sackcloth and ashes, let us fast and weep before the Lord, that our God, rich in mercy, might forgive us our sins.”

Emendemus in melius (video, chant notation)
Here is the booklet for the Ash Wednesday Mass presided by Pope Francis in 2015 featuring the “Emendemus in melius” on Page 30.

“Let us correct our faults which we have committed in ignorance, let us not be taken, unawares by the day of our death, looking in vain for leisure to repent. *Hear us, O Lord, and show us your mercy, for we have sinned against you. v. Help us, O God our Saviour; for the sake of your name, O Lord, set us free. *Hear us, O Lord…”

For the vernacular, you may refer to the music for Ash Wednesday in Fr. Samuel Webber’sThe Proper of the Mass for Sundays and Solemnities – Chants for the Roman Missal in English” (in my humble opinion, a staple for any choir serious about the intent of recovering the traditions for the Ordinary Form).

Gospel Acclamations for Lent

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This year, the SPP Choir would like to endeavour to stick to the Gospel Acclamations for Lent that are reflected in the Roman Missal (3rd. Ed.) rather than use only one of the official options throughout the entire season of Lent.

We’ve adapted in English, the “Laus tibi Christi, Rex aeternae gloriae” (about 27:48 in the video).

Feel free to download for your reference if you are joining us for the usual Saturday evening Mass at the Church of Sts. Peter & Paul.

If you are a chorister from another parish, feel free to download for your use. Do feedback to us your thoughts on the arrangement. If you have other ideas based on the video above, feel free to email us your arrangements or notes.

Gospel Acclamation Lent – Year A
Gospel Acclamation Lent – Year B
Gospel Acclamation Lent – Year C
Gospel Acclamation Lent – Holy Week


Ken-Wedding
Kenneth Wee has been with the SPP Choir since 1999 and is currently serving as the Music Director of the Choir. He conducts the choir most of the time and plays the organ some of the time, while taking care of his two young children all of the time.

Preparing for Lent 2016

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A couple of chants have been selected for Lent 2016 this year, and since we’ll be singing at the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday for the first time in a couple many years, we’ve taken the effort to sieve through what would be appropriate to the celebration while restoring the traditions of our Catholic worship for the Ordinary Form.

Lent – Recessional Chant:
Parce, Domine (sung accapella to accompany the procession of the ministers & celebrant after the dismissal)

 

Palm Sunday:
Hosanna filio David (sung to accompany the gathering of ministers & the celebrant)
Gloria laus et honour (sung during the procession to the church)
Ingrediente Domino (sung during the entry of the church by the procession)

 

Maundy Thursday – Mass of the Lord’s Supper:
Mandatum novum (at the washing of feet)
Ubi caritas et armour (at the end of the washing of feet)

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