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Mass of Charity & Love

posted Aug 27, 2015, 4:04 PM by Steven Vaughan   [ updated Aug 27, 2015, 4:04 PM ]
Music is the divine way to tell beautiful, poetic things to the heart... (Pablo Casals, cellist, conductor)
Steven C. Warner joined the Campus Ministry staff at the University of Notre Dame in 1979. He explains his inspiration for composing this Mass setting...

"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 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 Dom Paul Benoit's tune makes this simple setting perfect for the more restrained season of Lent. Arranged for unison choir with occasional descant, it can be performed unaccompanied, or with guitar or keyboard.