From the great Fr. Blake of St. Mary Magdalene in Brighton. He is working through the Holy Week music for his parish:
An email from the Directrix of S M Magdalen Choral Services:
After much thought, I have decided we are doing too much latin, this is the revised music programme for the Easter vigil
LUMEN CHRISTI – This will replaced by a liturgical dance performed by the choir with the aid of ‘glow in the dark’ sticks and cigarette lighters
EXULTET – This will now be sung in English in a rap style accompanied by a hip hop beat
PSALMS between the readings – O Lord you are the centre of my life
By the rivers of Babylon (boney M)
Let it be – The Beatles
GLORIA – Clapping Gloria. People may use wood blocks if they don’t feel up to clapping
Alleluia Psalm – Hallelujah Song (Leonard Cohen) followed by ‘He’s got the whole wide world in his hands.’ Additional verses can be improvised,
‘He’s got St Mary Magdalen’s in his hands etc." to make it feel more topical.
Sprinkling Rite – A medley of songs from Sister Act II: Back in the Habit
Offertory – Bind us together with tambourine accompaniment
End Shine Jesus Shine with Power Guitar solo after verse three
Clare, I concur, we must look after the older generations.
A racket, indeed!