Introducing: Our new Director of Sacred Music

This weekend, I am happy to announce that I have hired a new Director of Sacred Music for Our Lady. Her name is Jordan Werring. She comes to us from the Scioto Catholic Consortium, where I was pastor before I moved to Our Lady. The Director of Sacred Music is a very important position in our parish. She will oversee, research, direct and administer all music ministries of the parish including: children’s choir, cantors, traditional adult choir, folk choir, bell choir, and school liturgies. What I look forward to most is her desire to mentor our young people in our parish. Over the years, we, the Church, have not done a great job, on the whole, at mentoring our young people, and we see the result of that in parish life and parish ministries. 

I think I can sum up Jordan’s philosophy on music from the Vigil Project, “Music opens our hearts to experience God’s love and moves us to new depths of devotion…From the beginning, music has played a central role in Christian prayer – in helping man pray from the heart and grow in deeper relationship with God. From Liturgy, to prayerful devotion, to all the moments of our Christian lives that are lived beyond the doors of the church building, music is a language that permeates the whole of our existence, raising our gaze to the Transcendent.” (www.thevigilproject.com)

Please join me in welcoming Jordan, as she begins a new chapter in her life at Our Lady. She will begin on September 1.

-Fr. Joe 


Hello!

My name is Jordan Werring, and I am excited to be joining the community at Our Lady. 

I’m originally from southern Ohio (Adams County) and grew up on a family farm. I am the eldest of four, and my parents still reside on that family farm. All of my siblings are musical, however, I am the only one who has pursued this professionally. Thank the Lord for my wonderfully supportive parents!

Musically, I started playing for the Liturgy in my junior-high-school days, and have been ever since! All told, that’s approximately twenty years of playing for the Mass, and I have been blessed during that time to have had a variety of musical experiences within the Church. Some of those include: Being the Music Coordinator at the Adams County consortium (Archdiocese of Cincinnati), Music Director at Christ the King (Columbus Diocese), and most recently, the Consortium Director of Sacred Music at Scioto Catholic consortium (Columbus Diocese). Between all of these, I have played in various parishes across the Columbus and Cincinnati diocese, and have also owned my private music teaching studio. I have earned my Bachelors in Music from Capital University’s Conservatory of Music, and am currently in graduate studies in Catholic Theology from Franciscan University at Steubenville. 

Fr. Joe summarized my personal philosophy regarding music up above so well, I only wish to add one more note: That my musical philosophy also includes walking that spiritual journey with people. This is probably my favorite part of my role, which is helping people grow in their relationship to Christ and His Church. Within the scope of what I do, I use music as the means, as the “tool” to facilitate this growing relationship. Everything that we do musically within the Church is a continual offering of our gifts back to the Lord and giving Him the praise for all that He continues to do within our lives. While we aim for musical beauty within the Liturgy, this does not matter if our hearts and souls are not in the right place. I am looking forward to engaging the community of Our Lady in musical praise of our God! 

Though I love what I do, some other things that I enjoy outside of my role in parish ministry are gardening, baking/cooking, and hanging out with friends and family while sampling delicious bourbon or cocktails. If you have a great recipe to share, I’m always interested! 

I look forward to meeting you all and serving the community of Our Lady. Please know of my prayers for you all! 

The Office of Compline

Compline, or night prayer, is the final prayer of the day according to the Liturgy of the Hours. The tone of the office is meditative and peaceful, inviting a thoughtful completion to the day and calling us to rest in God’s peace. Like all the prayers of the Divine Office, Compline consists of prayers, psalms, and scripture readings. All prayers of the Divine Office can be prayed as a group or individually, making the practice a wonderful addition to one’s devotional life. While most of the office contains prescribed psalms and prayers for each day, rotating on a four-week cycle; the texts for Compline repeat every week, and the Church even allows the text for Sunday’s Compline to be prayed on every night of the week. This makes Compline an excellent entry-point into the Liturgy of the Hours, because it can be easily memorized and prayed nightly. Said individually, the office takes only 15-20 minutes to say. 

At 9 pm on the third Sunday of each month, Compline is sung by a small choir in the nave at Our Lady of Perpetual Help. Candles are lit in an otherwise dark church, and the complete office is prayed by the singers on behalf of those gathered, and all of our Parish community. I pray that you’ll come (or tune in online), sit with us in the night’s darkness, and offer whatever may be on your heart into God’s loving hands. We hope that the service will lead you to a deeper sense of God’s peace as you finish the day and prepare for the week ahead. It is enough to simply come, sit, and pray. If you’d like to familiarize yourself with the prayers of this office, you’ll find the full text below, or you can download the text as a printable PDF here. 

The text begins with an Invocation, praying to God for assistance and a restful night. An examination of conscience (Confiteor, Kyrie eleison) follows. Then, a hymn is sung, and varies according to the liturgical season. At the conclusion of the hymn, the psalmody begins. For Compline, we sing Psalms 91 and 134. Psalm 91 speaks to confidence in God, trusting in His protection (He will conceal you with his wings; you will not fear the terror of the night). Psalm 134 calls us to prayer (Lift up your hands to the holy place and praise the Lord throughout the night). After the Psalms, a brief responsory (Into your hands, Lord, I commend my spirit) and a reading from the Book of Revelation. The Gospel Canticle (Song of Simeon) is sung, followed by closing prayers and an antiphon to the Blessed Virgin Mary, which concludes the office. 

INVOCATION

Lord almighty, grant us a quiet night and a peaceful death.
Amen.
Our help is in the name of the Lord.
The maker of heaven and earth. 
O God, make speed to save us. 
O Lord, make haste to help us. 
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son,
And to the Holy Spirit.
As it was in the beginning, 
Is now, and ever shall be,
World without end. Amen. Alleluia.

EXAMINATION OF CONSCIENCE

I confess to almighty God
and to you, my brothers and sisters,
that I have greatly sinned,
in my thoughts and in my words,
in what I have done and in what I have failed to do,
through my fault, through my fault,
through my most grievous fault;
therefore I ask blessed Mary ever-Virgin,
all the Angels and Saints,
and you, my brothers and sisters,
to pray for me to the Lord our God.

Kyrie eleison (Lord, have mercy)
Christe eleison (Christ, have mercy)
Kyrie eleison (Lord, have mercy)

PSALM 91

He will conceal you with his wings; you will not fear the terror of the night. 

You who dwell in the shelter of the Most High,
who abide in the shade of the Almighty,
Say to the LORD, “My refuge and fortress,
my God in whom I trust.”

He will rescue you from the fowler’s snare,
from the destroying plague,
He will shelter you with his pinions,
and under his wings you may take refuge;
his faithfulness is a protecting shield.

You shall not fear the terror of the night
nor the arrow that flies by day,
Nor the pestilence that roams in darkness,
nor the plague that ravages at noon.

Though a thousand fall at your side,
ten thousand at your right hand,
near you it shall not come.
You need simply watch;
the punishment of the wicked you will see.

Because you have the LORD for your refuge
and have made the Most High your stronghold,
No evil shall befall you,
no affliction come near your tent.

For he commands his angels with regard to you,
to guard you wherever you go.
With their hands they shall support you,
lest you strike your foot against a stone.

You can tread upon the asp and the viper,
trample the lion and the dragon.
Because he clings to me I will deliver him;
because he knows my name I will set him on high.

He will call upon me and I will answer;
I will be with him in distress;
I will deliver him and give him honor.
With length of days I will satisfy him,
and fill him with my saving power.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son,
And to the Holy Spirit.
As it was in the beginning, 
Is now, and ever shall be,
World without end. Amen.

He will conceal you with his wings; you will not fear the terror of the night. 

PSALM 134

Lift up your hands to the holy place and bless the Lord throughout the night. 

O come, bless the Lord, all you who serve the lord;
Who stand in the house of the Lord
In the courts of the house of our God.

Lift up your hands to the holy place
And bless the Lord throughout the night. 
May the Lord bless you from Zion.
He who made both heaven and earth. 

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son,
And to the Holy Spirit.
As it was in the beginning, 
Is now, and ever shall be,
World without end. Amen.

Lift up your hands to the holy place and bless the Lord throughout the night. 

READING (Revelation 22:4-6)

They shall see the Lord face to face
And bear His name on their foreheads. 
The night shall be no more. 
They shall need no light from lamps or the sun
For the Lord God shall give them light
And they shall reign forever. 

RESPONSORY

Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit. 
You have redeemed us Lord, God of truth. 
Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit. 
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son,
And to the Holy Spirit.
As it was in the beginning, 
Is now, and ever shall be,
World without end. Amen.
Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit. 

GOSPEL CANTICLE

Protect us, Lord, as we stay awake. Watch over us as we sleep. 
That awake we may keep watch with Christ.
And asleep, rest in his peace. 

Lord, now let your servant go in peace.
Your word has been fulfilled. 

My own eyes have seen the salvation
Which you have prepared in the sight of every people. 

A light to reveal you to the nations
And the glory of your people Israel

CLOSING PRAYERS

Lord, we have celebrated today the mystery of the rising of Christ to new life.
Let us now rest in your peace, safe from all that can harm us,
And rise again, refreshed and joyful, 
To praise you throughout another day. 
We ask this through Christ our Lord. 
Amen.

The Lord almighty grant us a quiet night and a peaceful death. 
Amen. 

MARIAN ANTIPHON

Ave Regina Caelorum

Ave, Regina caelorum,
Ave, Domina Angelorum: 
Salve, radix, salve, porta
Ex qua mundo lux est orta:

Gaude, Virgo gloriosa, 
Super omnes speciosa, 
Vale, o valde decora, 
Et pro nobis Christum exora.
Hail, O Queen of Heaven.
Hail, O Lady of Angels
Hail! Thou root, hail! Thou gate
from whom unto the world, a light has arisen:

Rejoice, O glorious Virgin,
Lovely beyond all others,
Farewell, most beautiful maiden,
And pray for us to Christ.

The Fifth Sunday in Lent | Liturgy and Music Notes

Psalm 51 – Create a clean heart in me, O God.

This week’s responsorial psalm is composed of excerpts from Psalm 51. This is the most well-known of the Seven Penitential Psalms (Psalms 6, 32, 38, 51, 102, 130, 143), and the excerpts proclaimed on this Sunday pray to God for a renewed steadfastness in keeping His precepts, ask for His forgiveness, and promises to teach transgressors and sinners about God’s commands and the joy and purpose that living by God’s word brings to our lives. 

Of the Seven Penitential Psalms, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops says this: 

During times when we wish to express repentance and especially during Lent, it is customary to pray the seven penitential psalms. The penitential designation of these psalms dates from the seventh century. Prayerfully reciting these psalms will help us to recognize our sinfulness, express our sorrow and ask for God’s forgiveness. (usccb.org)

*A note on Psalm translations.

Like all of scripture, the book of Psalms has been translated and re-translated many times over the years, so that they may continue to be accessible to our changing world, as well as be understood by those of all cultures and languages. Recently, the Church began incorporating use of a translation from 2010 entitled The Revised Grail Psalms, so named because it is a revision of The Psalms: A New Translation, published in 1963 by The Ladies of The Grail. The hymnal/missal in use at Our Lady contains The Revised Grail Psalms, but they haven’t been completely incorporated into the Liturgy as of yet, and often, different translations are used. Thus, you may sometimes hear the choir or cantor proclaim Psalms that differ slightly from what is printed in the Missal. 

Proper of the Mass:

At the Vigil Mass (Saturday, 5pm) and the 8:30 Mass on Sunday this week, two parts of the Proper of the Mass will be sung. Before the pre-mass announcements, you will hear the Entrance Antiphon, and at the beginning of Communion, you will hear the Communion Antiphon. The texts to these Antiphons are printed below. Although these texts are sung by the choir or cantor alone, you are encouraged to take a moment to read these texts and pray along with the singers while you listen. 

Entrance Antiphon:
Give me justice, O God, 
And plead my case against a nation that is faithless.
From the deceitful and cunning rescue me, 
For you, O God, are my strength. 

Communion Antiphon:
Everyone who lives and believes in me
Will not die forever, says the Lord

The Fourth Sunday in Lent

The Fourth Sunday in Lent is sometimes called Laetare Sunday, so called for the opening line of the Entrance Chant: Laetare Jerusalem (Rejoice, O Jerusalem) (Isaiah 66:10). Analogous to the Third Sunday in Advent (Gaudete Sunday), this Sunday has traditionally been treated as a relaxation from the usual rigors of Lent, as a celebration of hope, with Easter within sight. To mark this occasion, the Church allows flowers on the high altar, spirited organ music, and gives priests the option to wear rose colored vestments, breaking from the violet typically worn during Lent. Traditionally, the church has permitted weddings on this Sunday, which are forbidden during the rest of the Lenten season. The Fourth Sunday in Lent has also been called “Mothering Sunday” for the old tradition of releasing servants from work on this day to visit their mothers. 

Entrance Antiphon*: 

Rejoice, Jerusalem, and all who love her. 
Be joyful, all who were in mourning;
Exult and be satisfied at her consoling breast. 

Terminology:

An Antiphon is a short chant in Christian ritual, sung as a refrain. The texts of antiphons are usually the Psalms. They may be used during Mass, for the Introit, the Offertory or the Communion. They may also be used in the Liturgy of the Hours, typically for Lauds or Vespers. When used in Mass, the refrain is repeated, with short verses from Psalms in between. On Sunday mornings, listen for Antiphons sung before Mass, at the Preparation of the Gifts, and at Communion. 

What Wondrous Love Is This

What wondrous love is this
That caused the Lord of bliss
To bear the dreadful curse for my soul.

This hymn, although it was born out of Protestant traditions in the American south, feels right at home in Catholic worship. The tune of the hymn uses a mode* very frequently used in Gregorian Chant, the Dorian mode. This particular mode has a somber quality, but certain pitch combinations allow for optimism and brightness. This compliments the text of this hymn, which references both Christ bearing the “dreadful curse” or original sin for our souls, and also the joy that the author will feel when he or she has gone home to heaven (And when from death I’m free/I’ll sing on). The Dorian mode is a creation of sacred music, but has found its way into popular music as well. Some songs you might know that use this mode are Eleanor Rigby by the Beatles, So What by Miles Davis, and Scarborough Fair by Simon & Garfunkel. Dorian mode is also used for the Sequence sung before the Gospel reading on Pentecost Sunday, Veni Sancte Spiritus

Although the precise origins of this hymn and its text are up for debate, it is generally acknowledged that its first major publication was as a part of Southern Harmony and Musical Companion, a hymn book compiled by American Baptist song leader William Walker and first published in 1835. This collection originated many hymn tunes which are still sung today in congregations of all Christian denominations. A few that have found their way into modern Catholic hymnals include: Amazing Grace, My Shepherd Will Supply My Need, and Jerusalem My Happy Home. 

Terminology:

Mode: The set of pitches which give a melody its character and quality. If you’ve ever taken piano lessons, you might have learned about major and minor scales. There are seven basic modes, which are all variations of these two scales. Each mode has its own specific properties and evokes certain emotional atmospheres. Many composers of hymn tunes choose a mode for the hymn based on the emotional qualities of the text, so that the text and music fit together and compliment one another. 

By Scott Ewing

Lessons & Carols and Compline

Lessons & Carols and Compline

Our Lady’s music ministry is presenting two events as the Advent season draws to a close. 

Lessons and Carols TONIGHT!

On Friday, December 18 at 7:30 pm, join a quartet of singers and lector Joanna Porreca for Our Lady’s third annual Service of Nine Advent Lessons and Carols. This Anglican tradition dates back to the early 20th century, and features a mix of well-loved Advent and Christmas carols, scripture readings, and some familiar hymns for all to join in singing. This intimate concert is sure to help set the right tone for your final days of Christmas preparation. 

December Compline

And on Sunday, December 20 at 9 pm, join Our Lady’s Compline Trio for the singing of Night Prayer. For the final prayer of the day in the Divine Office, the trio will sing psalms, hymns, and selections from scripture from the Reliquary in the Church Nave, lit only by candles. The service lasts approximately 45 minutes and is the perfect way to end your Sunday in reverence and prayer.

Compline (Night Prayer) Tonight! 9.20.20

Compline, also known as Night Prayer, is the final service of the day in the Christian tradition of canonical hours. It is the prayer said before going to sleep each night. It begins “The Lord almighty grant us a peaceful night and a perfect end.” What follows is 30-40 minutes of sung prayer consisting of hymns, psalms, scripture readings, petitions, and The Canticle of Simeon (also known as nunc dimittis). The service concludes with a benediction and an antiphon to the Blessed Virgin Mary. 

Compline at Our Lady will be sung by a small choir in a darkened church, lit only by candles. Those who come to pray with us need not feel any obligation to participate in the singing, but are encouraged to use the time to find a moment of peace at the end of the day, listening to the sung prayers and communing with God in their hearts. Compline will also be live streamed!

***Deacon Michael Kopczewski will give a short, <10-minute talk before we begin Compline.  Deacon Michael will discuss Compline and the Liturgy of the Hours in general. He will give some fascinating information on the history of the tradition and how it can play an important role in your prayer life today. If you are new to praying the Divine Office, or if you’ve been praying it for years, you’re sure to gain some great new insights into the tradition.***

Join us Sunday, September 20, 2020 at 9 pm in the Church Nave to pray Compline together!