Friday, March 18, 2011

The Introit for the Second Sunday in Lent: Tibi dixit cor meum ("My heart said unto you")

Here's an mp3 of this Introit, from JoguesChant, and below is the score.

From Psalm 27, vv. 8-9, then 1. A translation from JoguesChant:
My heart declared to you: "Your countenance have I sought; I shall ever seek your countenance, O Lord; do not turn your face from me." The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear?

Here's Giovanni Viannini's version:

Interestingly, this is also the Introit for the Feast of the Transfiguration! But in the Extraordinary Form, the Introit is listed as Reminiscere Miserationum.  I'll make a separate post for that one.

The readings for today are here.  They include God's call to Abram to leave his native land and go east; the beautiful Psalm 121; Paul's reference to Abraham's faith ( "Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness"); and Nicodemus, who comes to Jesus at night.

The Collect for the day is:
O God, whose glory it is always to have mercy: Be gracious to all who have gone astray from your ways, and bring them again with penitent hearts and steadfast faith to embrace and hold fast the unchangeable truth of your Word, Jesus Christ your Son; who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Hatchett's Commentary has this on the topic of this collect: 
This collect has links to one of the Good Friday solemn collects in the Missale Gallicanum vetus (no. 107), the Gelasian sacramentary (no. 413), and the Gregorian sacramentary (no. 351). In these books it follows a bidding to pray for heretics and schismatics that they may be delivered from their errors and recalled to the catholic and apostolic church. In its new context as a Sunday collect it refers to those who have abandoned the practice of Christian faith.

One of the things that is most interesting to me in looking at the propers for each Sunday is, actually, seeing what the 1979 Book of Common Prayer does. It gives me heart to see that people are still considering these things, thinking hard about them, and working out their ideas about them.

What's most important, of course, is how it all works together in "formative" ways for the faithful. I'm very interested in preserving the past - but also in moving forward in new ways. "Out of the storehouse," it says, "the master brings treasures both new and old."

Here are all of today's chant propers, sung by the Sao Paulo Benedictines:

Hebdomada secunda quadragesimæ
Introitus: Ps. 26, 8.9 et 1 Tibi dixit cor meum (cum Gloria Patri) (2m59.6s - 2808 kb)
Graduale: Ps. 82, 19. V. 14 Sciant gentes (3m00.8s - 2828 kb) score
Tractus: Ps. 59, 4.6 Commovisti (2m18.1s - 2160 kb) score
Offertorium: Ps. 118, 47.48 Meditabor (1m16.1s - 1192 kb) score
Communio: Mt. 17, 9 Visionem (2m36.4s - 2446 kb) score

Here are links to Chantblog articles about the propers for today:

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