For Midnight Mass on Christmas, I attended St. Ferdinand. This is a modern church.
The choir is in the front on the left and the music was accompanied by a piano. Before Mass there was a program with singing.
Opening: O Come All Ye Faithful
Nativity Blessing: Silent Night
Gloria: Sing Glory
Communion: We Adore These Tiny Hands; When Blossoms
Closing: Go Tell It on the Mountain (complete with tambourines and clapping)
Odd Happenings: There was a procession around the church during the opening song. There was an Alleluia after the Gospel.
Homily: Father talked about a poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, I Heard the Christmas Bells, written during the American Civil War. Longfellow had thoughts of joy even in the midst of despair, even though his heart was torn by the War. We are a people of peace. Bless us on this Christmas Day.
Father used Eucharistic Prayer II and there were bells and incense.
And now I'm going to throw a nutty. We have this nice shiny new translation. I know that the translation has been available to musicians for at least a year, if not longer. Why are we using music that goes with the old translation and putting the new words in it? I have 2 problems with this practice. 1. I can't remember new words. My brain has connected the old words with that melody. I have the same problem with songs that have been made more inclusive. I still sing the old lyrics. And apparently, some of the choirs don't remember the new words either. 2. The words don't fit in the music! With this setting, the one with the Sing Glory to God in the Highest. Yeah. Shoehorning the new lyrics into the music. They don't fit. The cadence is wrong or something. It was horrible. Horrible. My brain was going nuts. I was having a hard time remember the new words when my brain was like hey no...this is the old stuff. They don't give us peeps in the pews the actual music, so it's not like I could see how the music and the words were fitting together. I realize new music is expensive. But for the love of my ears...take up a collection and buy new music.
View From the Back Pew
Nativity in the Sanctuary
Nativity in the Vestibule
Station VIII: The Holy Women
Not sure I like the placing of those white boxes to block the window.
Website of St. Ferdinand