Use: Holy Week
Required Resources: SATB choir, congregation
Optional Resources: soloists
Many choirs and congregations, to the great benefit of parish liturgies and musical participation, are learning to sing a cappella, that is, without accompaniment.
The benefits are many, but include a greater sense of unity, the ability to hear one another sing, and a link to the most ancient music of the Church, which was also sung a cappella, "in the style of the chapel," (without accompaniment).
Don Roy has given us effective and moderately easy settings of the Responsorial Psalms and Gospel Acclamations for Holy Week.
Each psalm refrain, as well as the Gospel Acclamation itself, starts in unison (for choir and congregation).
As the congregation continues singing the soprano melody for the second half of the refrain/acclamation, the choir breaks into four-part harmony.
The verses are set in various textures, for 2-part, 3-part or 4-part voices.
These complement the following CNP music for the Liturgy of the Word during Holy Week and the Paschal Triduum:
Don Roy is Organist and Choir Director for two historic downtown churches in Lexington, Kentucky.
Saint Paul's, established in 1868, is a Gothic structure with superb acoustics and is served by a 20-rank Pilcher organ.
Saint Peter's, a Romanesque structure dating from the 1920s, has one of the few Wurlitzer church organs in its original location and condition.
- Responsorial Psalm for Palm Sunday of the Lord's Passion
- Gospel Acclamation for Palm Sunday of the Lord's Passion
- Responsorial Psalm for Holy Thursday: Mass of the Lord's Supper
- Gospel Acclamation for Holy Thursday: Mass of the Lord's Supper
- Responsorial Psalm for Good Friday
- Gospel Acclamation for Good Friday
Order #: 1590
Price: 1 copy - $3.50/
2 or more copies - $2.95 each
- Liturgical Settings
- SATB Choir
- a cappella