Required Resources: SATB choir, soloist
The Rite of Blessing and Sprinkling Holy Water can replace the Penitential Act.
It has particular significance during Eastertide, as well as on the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, and for celebrations of Confirmation and First Communion, since it recalls our Baptism and clearly ties together these
three Sacraments of Initiation.
Music during the Sprinkling Rite can be difficult to program.
Another congregational piece, immediately between the Entrance Chant and the Gloria, seems awkward.
Because of this, the Sprinkling rite is really an ideal time for the choir to offer music, and Colin Brumby's motets are a perfect fit.
Asperges me begins with a chant incipit, followed by homophonic choral writing.
The first half of both the psalm verse and the doxology revert to chant, with the full choir singing the second half of each.
As usual, the antiphon text, "Asperges me, Domine …" is repeated, although the chant section has been metricized and harmonized in the repeat.
The Vidi aquam for Eastertide is a straight homophonic motet for SATB voices, including the antiphon/psalm verse/antiphon texts.
Since this is in the same key and meter as Asperges me, the previous Doxology can be inserted, if desired.
Order #: 3111
- Liturgical Setting
- Ordinary Time
- SATB Choir