CNP Feedback -
Student Council Music
The "Feedback Box" on the CanticaNOVA Publications website has proven quite effective in promoting communications on a variety of subjects, and expressing concerns of liturgists and musicians.
From time to time, we'll compile a few of these questions or comments and put them in public view, with the hope that others with similar concerns may benefit from their content.
Q. Dear CNP:
I need some suggestions for "student council" installation Mass.
Hope you can help me.
A. Dear Scholastic Liturgist:
First, check the date that the Mass is scheduled.
If it falls on a solemnity, feast or obligatory memorial, that particular celebration must be observed.
If it falls on an optional memorial or a ferial day (a day in Ordinary Time with no saint being commemorated), the celebrant has the option of using a special Mass for the occasion.
You might look at the section in the Sacramentary called Masses and Prayers for Various Needs and Occasions.
There's a Mass: 8. For Ministers of the Church that might work well for the installation.
Also see 41. For Charity and 42. For Promoting Harmony.
In addition you could use a Votive Mass of the Holy Spirit or a Votive Mass of the school patron.
If one of these last options is chosen (Holy Spirit or school patron), that of course would influence the music selection.
If a solemnity, feast or saint's day is being celebrated, that too should have bearing on the music.
If, however, you have the freedom to choose a special Mass for the installation, you might select music from among the following:
All of these can be found in Worship - 3rd Edition
- All People That on Earth Do Dwell
- Christ's Church Shall Glory in His Power
- Christian, Do You Hear the Lord
- Christians, Lift up Your Hearts
- God, Whose Giving Knows No Ending
- God, Whose Purpose Is to Kindle
- In Christ There Is No East or West
- Let All Things Now Living
- Lord, Whose Love in Humble Service
- Lord, You Give the Great Commission
- O Christ the Great Foundation
- Praise to the Lord
Choose familiar Mass parts; the Responsorial Psalm might be:
- Psalm 8: "O Lord, our Lord, how wonderful your name in all the earth."
- Psalm 19: "Lord, you have the words of everlasting life."
- Psalm 19: "Their message goes out through all the earth."
- Psalm 90: "Lord, give success to the work of our hands."
- Psalm 100: "We are his people, the sheep of his flock."
- Psalm 113: "Blessed be the name of the Lord for ever."
- Psalm 145: "I will praise your name for ever, Lord."
- A Psalm of Praise (Judy Hunnicutt) [unison, with flute/Chorsiters Guild]
- All Lands and Peoples (Austin Lovelace) [2-part/Augsburg]
- God of All Creation (Hal Hopson) [2-part/GIA]
- God My King, Thy Might Confessing (J.S. Bach) [SATB/ECSchirmer]
- How Excellent Is Thy Name (Eugene Butler) [SATB/Bourne]
- How Glorious Is Your Name (Eugene Englert) [SATB/GIA]
- I Will Extol Thee (Eugene Butler) [2-part/Broadman]
- Jubilate Deo (Orlando di Lasso) [SATB/Boosey & Hawkes]
- Laudate Nomen Domini (Christopher Tye) [SATB/Novello]
- Lord, You Have the Words (Richard Proulx) [2-part, with bells/GIA]
- Make A Joyful Noise (Francois Couperin) [SAB/Concordia]
- O Be Joyful (Ronald Arnatt) [antiphonal unison/Walton]
- O Grant Me Wisdom (Penkala) [SATB/CNP]
- O Lord Our Governor (Benedetto Marcello) [unison/Concordia]
- Old Hundredth Psalm Tune (Ralph Vaughan Williams) [SATB/Oxford]
- Praise Ye the Lord, Ye Children (Richard Proulx) [unsion, with bells/GIA]
- Praise, You Servants of the Lord (Robert Hutmacher) [3-part/GIA]
- Psalm 8 (Richard Hillert) [unison/Augsburg]
- Sing for Joy to the Lord (Judy Hunnicutt) [2-part/Augsburg]
- The Heavens Are Telling (Beethoven) [SATB/ECSchirmer]
- The Heavens Are Telling (Haydn) [SATB/Fischer]
- The Glory of the Lord (Benedetto Marcello) [SAB/Fischer]
- The Name of Christ Be Praised (Christian Latrobe) [2-part/Abingdon]
- Their Sound Is Gone Out (Arthur Wills) [SSA/Novello]
- Agincourt Hymn (John Dunstable) Treasury of Early Organ Music [Presser]
- Allein Gott in der Höh sei Ehr (Max Reger, J.S. Bach, Johann Pachelbel, G. Böhm, J. Walther, F.W. Zachau, A. Armsdorff, F. Marpurg, J.C.H. Rinck)
- Andante sostenuto from Gothic Symphony (Charles-Marie Widor)
- Come Down, O Love Divine (Ronald Arnatt) Parish Organist, Vol XI [Concordia]
- Dialogue sur les grands jeux (François Couperin)
- He That Believes and Is Baptized (Max Reger) from Chorale Preludes for the Church Year, Opus 67 [Fischer]
- Immortal, Invisible (Harold Rohlig) Parish Organist , Vol XII [Concordia]
- In Babilone (Paul Manz) [Morning Star Publications]
- Liebster Jesu, wir sind hier (J.S. Bach)
- Lobe den Herren (J.S. Bach)
- Maestoso: Five Processionals (Calvert Shenk) [CNP]
- Nun bitten wir den Heiligen Geist (Dieterich Buxtehude, J.G. Walther)
- Praise to the Lord (Paul Manz) [Morning Star Publications]
- Toccata in e minor (Johann Pachelbel)
These suggestions could apply equally well to any general "school" Mass.
May your liturgy be inspiring and may your student council serve well!