Use: Funerals, November, All Saints
Required Resources: SATB choir
Perhaps the most common Old Testament reading used at Funeral Masses comes from the Book of Wisdom [3:1-3], "The souls of the just are in the hand of God…"
Cody Mead, the young, energetic Director of Liturgical Music at Saint Mary Church in Newport RI, has set this text for SATB choir, preferably a cappella.
The motet is written in ABA form using an orderly, homophonic style.
The middle section moves to a key a minor third higher and then recaps the first material, ending with a single "Alleluia" in the men's voices — "Amen" is indicated for use at funerals during Lent.
The voice parts are very approachable with extremely comfortable ranges:
- Sorpano: D below the staff to top space Eb
- Alto: Bb below middle C to first space F
- Tenor: tenor F to D above middle C
- Bass: first line G to Dd above middle C [optional low Eb]
The composer writes:
I hope you will find this to be a relatively simple piece, accessible to any serious church choir.
I have strived to write harmonies which are traditional and flow logically, while including moments of harmonic interest which will be attractive to singers and directors, hearkening to much of the Church's great treasury of sacred choral music through the ages.
It is also my hope that this motet will give parish music directors a modern yet reverent choral option for the official Offertory Proper text for All Saints, and one which reflects the solemnity and reverence of the liturgical action.
Order #: 5063
- Choral Music
- Ordinary Time
- SATB Choir
- a cappella