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Saturday, November 20, 2010

Hymns for the Solemnity of Christ the King

We are already at the Vigil for the Solemnity of Christ the King.  I long to hear the beautiful majestic hymns that mark this solemn liturgy.  Sadly, down here in the South Texas hinterland, that is not always a possibility.  Instead, we are faced with the managerie of songs from Bob Hurd, the St. Louis Jesuits and other stuff from the OCP arsenal.

While the ideal would be to chant the Entrance and Communion antiphons, most parishes still use the four-hymn sandwich formula.  That being the case, this is my wish-list for tomorow:

Entrance Processional
Christ is the King
Jesus Shall Reign
Rejoice, the Lord Is King
Crown Him with Many Crowns
At the Lamb's High Feast We Sing
To Jesus, Christ Our Sovereign King
Christus Vincit

At the Name of Jesus (King's Weston)

Alleluia, Sing to Jesus
Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence

The King Shall Come When Mourning Dawns (Mourning Song)

The recessional song is the ideal bridege between the Solemnity of Christ the King and the First Sunday of Advent because it speaks to the two comings of Jesus.  In fact, it would be ideal as the recessional hymn for both of these Sundays.

I suppose that all I can do is hope and wish that maybe next year, St. Cecilia might whisper my wish-list to the powers that be so that some of it might come true.

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