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Mass of Charity and Love

posted Feb 4, 2013, 3:19 PM by Unknown user
When Steven C. Warner joined the Campus Ministry staff at the University of Notre Dame, he founded the Notre Dame Folk Choir. He explains his inspiration for composing this new Mass setting for them...

"Every Wednesday for nearly twenty years, I've had the privilege of leading the priests of the Congregation of the Holy Cross in their evening community Mass. Early in the Lenten season last year, we sang, unaccompanied, the beautiful Dom Paul Benoit hymn Where Charity and Love Prevail. It was during the singing of this hymn, surrounded by the sound of all the men's strong voices, that I began to hear other texts simply flowing from those four simple phrases: the Kyrie, the Holy, and the Lamb of God."

At its heart, the noble integrity of this tune makes this simple setting perfect for the more restrained seasons of Advent and Lent, which is when we’ll be singing it. Getting to change Mass settings with the liturgical season offers us an opportunity to sing our parts of the Mass more prayerfully. (A "Mass setting" refers to the music composed for certain parts of the Liturgy.)

Change isn't easy; it presents challenges and uncertainty. Even Mark Twain once quipped “The only person who likes change is a baby in a wet diaper!” So this Wednesday, February 6 at 7:30 pm there will be a one-hour workshop where you’ll have the opportunity to learn it, and to rediscover what it is that we proclaim and celebrate every time at Mass. For the more comfortable you are singing, the deeper you can pray. But it’s not just for those in music ministry. All parishioners are invited, especially lectors, Eucharistic ministers, altar servers, ministers of hospitality, and anyone interested in building our community of faithful. Hopefully, the Mass of Charity and Love will deepen our commitment in service to all of our vital ministries to God’s people.

If you’re unable to attend, you can read more on the Mass Settings page of the website, and listen to the Notre Dame Folk Choir’s recording on the Mass of Charity and Love page.