Sunday, April 24, 2011

Easter Sunday - Annunciation

Happy Easter!
For Easter Sunday Mass, I attended the 11:30 am Mass at Annunciation.  Annunciation is a modern church built in 1952.

Music was accompanied by a piano.
Opening:  Jesus Christ is Risen Today
Sequence:  Christ, the Lord, is Risen Today
Sprinkling Rite:  River of Glory
Offertory:  The Strife is O'er
Communion:  I am the Bread of Life and This Day Was Made by the Lord.
Closing:  Alleluia!  Alleluia!

Father started his homily off by giving some words of wisdom from the former rector of the seminary who is now the Archbishop of Omaha, if you don't know what to say in front of a group of people, say Jesus Christ, Our Lord and Savior, has risen from the dead.  Imagine you walked with Jesus.  Now He has risen from the dead.  What do you think?  It is hard to believe.  Why did the Apostles believe He had risen?  It was the Holy Spirit.  The Holy Spirit gave them the grace they needed to fully understand ( this a Pentecost homily?)  God's Love is fulfilled.  We identify with Good Friday, but we live in an age of hope and resurrection.  Father talked about baptismal promises and about how Jesus went to the waters of death and turned them into waters of life.

Father used Eucharistic Prayer II and there were bells.

The Angel Declared Unto Mary

View from the Back Pew

The Holy Family

Our Lady of Perpetual Help

Station VIII

Website of Annunciation

Easter Vigil - St. Clare of Assisi - Ellisville

For Holy Saturday, I was invited to the 8 pm Vigil at St. Clare of Assisi in Ellisville.

The Church is very modern.  From the inside, it looks like the inside of a clam shell, with the highest point over the Sanctuary.

When I first arrived, I was a little nervous because where the Tabernacle should be was a giant projection screen TV.  It turns out that since there was not enough room around the in-ground Baptismal Jacuzzi, the parish streamed the video to the TV so everyone could see.

The Vigil started outside with the fire.  We weren't allowed to process into a dark church with lighted candles because it wasn't safe.  The Exsultet was rather different.  The Deacon sang it and then there was a refrain that the people sang, Most Holy Night, and the choir sang some refrains as well.  For the first reading, 2 people went up to the lector.  The woman starts recounting the story of Genesis and then the man reads God's Voice.  Instead of leaving the lights all at one level, the lighting kept changing to light up certain areas at certain times.  Mood lighting.  The only other odd thing was the Litany of Saints.  It wasn't a traditional chanted litany, it was more like a song.  According to my worship aid, the tune was by John D Becker and is from 1987.  The Old Testament Prophets were added it, which I didn't think were part of the traditional one but I'm not sure.  Everything pretty much went normally after that.  A mom and her son were baptized!  5? people were received into the Catholic Church and everyone, but the baby, was Confirmed plus 2 more people.  YAY!

Father used Eucharistic Prayer III and there were no bells.

The music was accompanied by a violin and piano.
During the dressing of the Baptized:  Let's Go Down Into the River and Pray
Preparation of Gifts:  Spirit of God
Mass Setting:  Mass of the Divine Word
Lamb of God:  in Latin by Michael Joncas
Communion:  I know that My Redeemer Lives
Meditation:  Risen! Christ is Risen!
Closing:  Jesus Christ is Risen Today!

Father's homily focused on how we see the devastation from natural disaster but it also lets us see the Goodness of God as people help each other and a witness to Jesus Christ.  As St. Augustine said, We are an Easter people and Alleluia is our song.  The separation from Jesus is no longer there because He has risen.  The foundation of our Faith is tonight.  Hope.  We celebrate Christ's love.  All of our senses are touched tonight.  We go forth changed, renewed in Faith, Hope and Love.  Each and everyday is a witness to us as an Easter People.  (It was actually way more coherent...My notes are terrible and all the Masses are blurring together...)

View from the Back Pew


Exterior Image of St. Clare

Website of St. Clare of Assisi

Tenebrae at St. Joan of Arc

After Good Friday Service, St. Joan of Arc had a Tenebrae Service.
This was quite a different kind of Tenebrae.  There was no loud banging at the end when the Christ Candle  is hidden.  Actually, they blew out the Christ Candle.  The readings and the responses, which were sung, were different.  It seemed a rather cheerful Tenebrae then what I've experienced before.

First Reading:  Lamentations 3:1-6
First Response:  Amazing Grace

2nd Reading:  Isaiah 50:4-9
2nd Response:  What Wondrous Love

3rd Reading: Phil 2:5-11
3rd Response:  Beautiful Savior

4th Reading:  John 19:25-27
4th Response:  Stabat Mater

5th Reading:  Matthew 27:39-43
5th Response:  Adoramus Te

6th Reading:  Mark 15:33-39
6th Response:  Silence

7th Reading:  1 Peter 2:21-25

Then everyone recited the Our Father.
It was beautifully done, just more cheerful...


Good Friday St. Joan of Arc

For Good Friday, I attended the 7 pm Service at St. Joan of Arc.  I spent a great deal of the Service contemplating if I could fit under a pew... cause either Father didn't hear the sirens or he decided to press on regardless.  But I guess if you are going to die, a church might be the best place...

St. Joan of Arc is in the shape of a cross, similar to Immaculate Heart of Mary but the inside was similar to Holy Redeemer, and even had the same light/speaker fixtures.  Unlike IHM, St. Joan of Arc had a choir loft, not like the choir was in it though.  St. Joan of Arc was built in 1959.

There were lots of people wearing red, at first I thought they were supporting the Cardinals (This is Cardinal Nation!) but then I realized they were wearing the liturgical color for the day.

All of the music was acapella.
Entrance:  Silent
Offertory:  Sing My Tongue The Savior's Glory
Veneration of the Cross:  When I Survey the Wondrous Cross, O Sacred Head, Jesus Remember Me
Communion:  Were You There?
Closing:  Silence

To venerate the Cross, there was a large (taller than me) cross made of 4x4 without a Corpus.  I have to say venerating that was less creepy than venerating a Cross with a Corpus.

The Deacon gave the homily.  Jesus asked us to follow him in His human ministry.  Every morning the disciples likely asked what Jesus was going to do today?  The Tridiuum is the core of our Faith.  Tonight , we look at the Cross.  The Cross shows Christ's victory over our shortcomings, over messiness (Christ needs to get busy cleaning my room...)  It is the ultimate in forgiveness, a horrifying act of forgiveness.  Overcomes the cross in our life.  Jesus invites us to walk in his forgiveness.  For us, it is not over, we can't let go.  Won't let things be over and can't let things go.  We are called by the Cross to that forgiveness.  How do we know to let something go?  How do we say in our hearts it is finished?  One small act starts it.

The opening prayer and the intercessions were chanted.

Afterwards there was a Tenebrae service.  That will be a separate post.

St. Joan of Arc


View from the Back Pew

Altar of Repose

St. Joan of Arc
Notice the missing candles

(advent was blurry)






Time after Pentecost






The Baptist I think


Baptism of Jesus

Website of St. Joan of Arc

Tenebrae at the New Cathedral

After Mass at St. Mary Magdalen, I hurried to the New Cathedral to catch the Tenebrae Service with the seminarians chanting.  I got to the Cathedral as the Eucharistic Prayer was starting.  The Cathedral didn't have bells at the Consecration, they had this clacker noise maker thing.  During the Eucharistic Procession, one of the Fathers rattled as they walked.  I imagine it sounded much rather like a 4x4 or cross being dragged across a stone/cobblestone path....  It was striking and rather eire.

As the Altar was stripped, the choir chanted Psalm 21.  They chanted from the side.  The sanctuary was essentially empty except for the Tenebrae candle holder.

All the antiphons were sung by the schola cantorum.  For the psalms and canticles, the cantor chanted a verse, then we chanted the next verse.

So the actual Tenebrae started with Psalm 2.
The first Lesson is from Lamentations (3:1-11)
Then came Psalm 37
The second Lesson was from the catechesis of St. John Chrysostom.
Followed with Psalm 50
Then the Canticle of Habakkuk (3:2-4,13a,15-19).
Then Psalm 147
Then the canticle of Zachary (Luke 1:68-79)
The service concluded with the Our Father.

The seminarians and the cleric (?) that chanted Lamentations all did an awesome job.  It was very moving.

The Christ Candle

Same picture from Rome of the West

Holy Thursday St. Mary Magdalen

For Holy Thursday, I attended the 7 pm Mass at St. Mary Magdalen on Kingshighway.

The Knights of Columbus were there with their swords.

The choir and instruments were off to the side instead of in the choir loft.  The music was accompanied by a piano and guitar:
Opening:  We Remember
Feet Washing and Offertory:  As I have Done For You
Communion:  Supper of the Lord
Procession of Eucharist:  Sing My Tongue and Down in Adoration Falling

The Deacon gave the homily and started off with how he was bankrupt for words.  We come as pilgrims, like Jesus, a passing over.  As fellow wanderers to hear most powerful words in the New Testament.  We relive tonight.  It gives sustenance to Church in times of struggle and promise.  These are the oldest words (This is My Body, This is My Blood) that recount what Jesus did from 52 AD from St. Paul.  (I can't read my writing...something about proclaiming death forever?)  Washing of feet is not a cute part of the liturgy.  Only by doing this can His Glory shine.

Four people got their feet washed, 2 men and 2 women.  The chalice was kept cover during Eucharistic Prayer 1.

Because the Tabernacle was kept off to the side, the Eucharistic Procession just went around the church. It seems rather silly to walk Jesus around the church to put Him back where He normally goes.  It's like the symbolism was cut out.  Jesus is supposed to be gone...not chill'axin' in His normal spot.

Carving above door
I think it represents the story of Mary Magdalen washing Jesus's feet with her hair.

Station VIII
I think.  I'm not sure.

View From the Back Pew

Upper Windows:

Cross on the Back Wall
 Lower Windows:

Website of St. Mary Magdalen
Pictures from Rome of the West