NOTE: We will rehearse this music following the Maundy Thursday Mass.
No ordinary is sung on this day.
Tract: Domine, audivi auditum tuum
Tract: Eripe me, Domine
THE VENERATION OF THE CROSS:
Popule meus....according to the number who are to venerate the Cross.
Crux fidelis/Pange lingua
During the procession from the altar of repose to the the high altar: Vexilla Regis, 575
Notes from the Psalite Sapienter:
119. The organ may not be used at all on Good Friday. At the beginning of the solemn afternoon Liturgy, the procession enters in silence. All respond Amen to the opening collect. 38 Psallite Sapienter: A Musician’s Practical Guide to the 1962 Roman Missal
120. The choir sing the first Responsory after the first Lesson. The verses are sung in alternation. The cantor(s) intone the first verse to the asterisk, then the first half of the choir completes it [if the alternation is between cantor(s) and choir, then the cantor(s) will sing the entire verse]. The double bars indicate the points at which one group gives way to the other. The asterisk in the final verse indicates the point at which both groups join together to conclude the chant. All respond Amen to the prayer following; then, after the second Lesson, the choir sings the second Responsory in like manner as the first.
121. Then the Passion is sung as on Palm Sunday; the choir is permitted to sing the turba parts (that is, the “crowd” parts— those utterances involving groups of speakers). These parts may be sung to the chant formulæ given in Cantus Passionis (see Bibliography), or to polyphonic settings.
122. After the Passion (and sermon, if any) come the Solemn Collects; all respond Amen to each of the nine collects.
123. Then follows the unveiling and adoration of the Cross. During the unveiling the celebrant (and ministers) will thrice sing Ecce lignum Crucis, each time at a slightly higher pitch. Each time the choir (and congregation) respond Venite adoremus at the pitch given by the celebrant.
124. During the adoration, the choir sing the Reproaches and other chants given in the Liber Usualis on pages 737–745. Very elaborate directions are given for the Reproaches to be sung in alternation between two sides of the choir, each with its own pair of cantors, and an additional pair between the two sides; obviously this scheme may need to be adjusted for the size and ability of the choir. Psallite Sapienter: A Musician’s Practical Guide to the 1962 Roman Missal 39
125. Then the cantor(s) intone the antiphon Crucem tuam, which is concluded by the full choir. The cantor(s) then sing the verse, after which the full choir repeat the antiphon.
126. The last chant given is the hymn Pange lingua ... lauream, which should be sung as follows: Crux fidelis is sung by the full choir [intoned by the cantor(s) as far as omnes]; then one group sings the first verse, after which all sing Crux fidelis as far as germine; then the other group sings the second verse, after which all sing the phrase beginning Dulce lignum. This pattern continues for all ten verses. If this hymn is sung at all, it must conclude with verse ten, Sempiterna, after which all sing Dulce lignum; therefore, if the adoration is brought to a close during the course of the hymn, other verses may need to be omitted.
127. As the Sacrament is brought in procession from the altar of repose, sing the three antiphons given in the Liber Usualis on pages 746–747. During the distribution of communion, Psalm 21 is sung to the tonus in directum, as given in the Liber Usualis on page 749-750 (Gloria Patri is not added). Any of the reponsories from Matins of Good Friday may also be sung during communion.
128. Respond Amen to each of the three collects concluding the liturgy. There should be no singing of any kind as the clergy retire to the sacristy