NOTE: We will rehearse this music following the Good Friday liturgies on Friday morning.
Liturgy begins on p. 738 with "ON HOLY SATURDAY MORNING"
Tract: Cantemus Domino
Tract: Vinea facta est
Tract: Attende caelum
Tract: Sicut Cervus
Litany: Kyrie, eleison
Tract: Laudate Dominum
Vespere autem sabbiti
Ite missa est
Notes from the Psalite Sapienter:
129. Respond Et cum spiritu tuo, then Amen to the collect for the blessing of the new fire; likewise at the collect for the blessing of the Paschal candle.
130. During the procession the celebrant (or deacon) will thrice sing Lumen Christi, each time at a slightly higher pitch. Each 40 Psallite Sapienter: A Musician’s Practical Guide to the 1962 Roman Missal time the choir (and congregation) respond Deo gratias at the pitch given by the celebrant (or deacon). During the Exsultet there are several responses which are exactly those of the Preface of Mass, in the ferial tone. Respond Amen at the end of the Exsultet.
131. Then follow four lessons, after each of which is sung a collect, to which all respond Amen. After the second, third, and fourth lessons, the choir sing a canticle before the collect; these canticles are identical in structure to tracts: 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.
132. After the fourth lesson with its canticle and collect, all kneel, and two cantors lead the singing of the Litany. The first five phrases are sung by the cantors, and repeated by all. Then, beginning with Pater de cælis, the cantors sing the first part of the invocation, and all respond miserere nobis; later ora(te) pro nobis.
133. After Omnes sancti et sanctæ Dei, intercedite pro nobis, the baptismal water is blessed. After the response Et cum spiritu tuo, there are several responses which are exactly those of the Preface of Mass, in the ferial tone.
134. When the water has been blessed (and Baptism administered), the water is carried in procession to the font, while the tract Sicut cervus is sung (in like manner as the canticles described above, ¶ 131). Respond Et cum spiritu tuo, then Amen to the collect which follows; then the procession returns in silence to the sanctuary, and the renewal of Baptismal promises takes place. Psallite Sapienter: A Musician’s Practical Guide to the 1962 Roman Missal 41
135. [If the Baptistery is separate from the church, the water may be blessed there. In this case, after the invocation Sancta Trinitas, unus Deus of the Litany, the procession departs for the sacristy; on the way the tract Sicut cervus is sung. Meanwhile, the cantors and the people remain in the church, continuing the Litany until the procession returns; the invocations may be repeated from Sancta Maria, Mater Dei. At the Baptistery, the collect following Sicut cervus is sung first, then the water is blessed, then the procession returns in silence to the sanctuary, and the renewal of Baptismal promises takes place.]
136. After the renewal of Baptismal promises, the clergy retire to the sacristy to prepare for Mass. When they have departed, the two cantors, again kneeling, continue with the second part of the Litany. For each invocation, the cantors sing the first part of the invocation, and all respond parce nobis, Domine or exaudi nos, Domine, etc. For the three Agnus Dei invocations, the cantors sing as far as peccata mundi. Then Christe, audi nos is sung by the cantors, and Christe, exaudi nos is sung by all.
137. The Litany ended, the cantors begin the Kyrie from Mass I, which is sung in the usual manner (¶’s 40 and 41). When the Kyrie is finished, the celebrant intones the Gloria. Then the organ may be played in a solemn, festive manner, and the church bells are rung (as on Maundy Thursday). When the organ has finished, the Gloria is continued with Et in terra pax. Respond Amen to the collect which follows.
138. After the Epistle, the celebrant will thrice sing alleluia, each time at a slightly higher pitch. Each time the choir (and congregation) repeat alleluia at the pitch given by the celebrant. Then the cantors begin the verse Confitemini; the full choir join for the word ejus. Alleluia is not repeated after the verse, but the Tract Laudate is sung in the usual manner (¶ 96). 42 Psallite Sapienter: A Musician’s Practical Guide to the 1962 Roman Missal
139. The Credo is omitted, and there is no Offertory chant. (According to some authorities, it is usual for the organ to be played joyfully during the Offertory. There does not seem to be any reason that the choir should not sing an appropriate hymn or motet in Latin, if desired.)
140. The Sanctus and Benedictus are sung as usual, but the Agnus Dei is omitted. There is no Communion Antiphon (again, there does not seem to be any reason that the choir should not sing an appropriate hymn or motet in Latin, if desired).
141. Lauds of Easter Sunday is sung immediately after the ablutions: First, the triple Alleluia is intoned by the cantor(s) and concluded by the full choir. Then the verses of Psalm 150 (with Gloria Patri) are sung, each intoned by the cantor(s) and concluded by the full choir (or the verses may be alternated between two groups). After the verse Sicut erat, the triple Alleluia is repeated by the full choir. Then the celebrant intones the antiphon (Et valde mane) of the canticle Benedictus Dominus; the antiphon is concluded by the full choir. The verses of the Benedictus (with Gloria Patri) are sung in alternation: one group sings the first verse, the second the second, and so forth. After the verse Sicut erat, the antiphon Et valde mane is repeated by the full choir.
142. Mass concludes with the Post-communion collect and dismissal (which must be the first one from Mass I, with double alleluias).