Music for an ordination of bishops


Tuesday at 2 p.m., two new bishops will be ordained as auxiliaries for the Archdiocese of Boston. Choirs from the Cathedral's English and Spanish communities and from the new bishops' respective parishes will join to sing these musical selections, along with a couple of pro soloists and a few extra voices responding to the APB.

(Updated with the actual order of music:)

Before the Mass:
Cesar Franck: Praise Ye The Lord (Ps. 150, ed. Treharne; very triumphal)

Also, before the Mass, a Life Teen choir sang Carey Landry's Hail Mary, and while it was nothing fancy, they really were a good assemblage of voices and sounded quite nice.

After them, a soloist did 2-3 Spanish-language religious songs, with (I was horrified) an audio accompaniment track. Karaoke time in the cathedral! And the priests' procession took place during this embarrassing performance.

Traditional: Las Apariciones Guadalupanas
Traditional: O come, O come, Emmanuel / O ven, O ven, Emmanuel

Berthier (Taize): Kyrie
James Chepponis: Melodic Gloria
at the Responsorial Psalm: Chepponis, Magnificat

Ordination Rite:
plainchant: Veni Creator Spiritus
Chant (in English): Litany of the Saints

John Ireland (the 20th c. composer, not the 19th c. Archbishop): Greater Love Hath No Man

Marty Haugen: Mass of Creation (Holy, Acclamation, Amen)
(Unknown): Cordero de Dios (Lamb of God)

Gabarain: Pescador de Hombres
Bob Hurd: Pan de Vida
Mozart: Laudate Dominum

(while the new bishops blessed the congregation)
Traditional: Holy God, We Praise Thy Name
F.X. Moreau: Tu Reinaras, a march
(The congregation went wild for the new bishops, so we had to sing three verses of the latter, twice, and it still wasn't enough.)

Recess Song: Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus -- but the text was so much changed from the original -- Heaven knows why -- I stopped trying to sing it.

PS: Boston-area cable viewers can catch reruns of the Mass on the Boston Catholic TV cable channel Tuesday, Dec 12, at 8:30 pm and tomorrow (Wed., Dec 13) at 11 a.m.


The bad is so bad that it doesn't make up for the good. Sacred silence would be an improvement: that way, half the congregation at any given time wouldn't be having blood pressure problems.

Pancho Villa
Terror of the West
Pancho Villa
Of banditos, the best...

Drop the chalupa!

I asked another chorister: were there any Hispanic cliches not included on the list? He mentioned "Alabare", but that may be it.

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