Chant "Entrance Hymn" for Novus Ordo Funeral Mass
  • RCS333
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    Hello Forum Members,

    This may be an obvious question for some, but I would love to hear any recommendations.
    We have a funeral next week and the widow requested as much Latin chant as possible, in lieu of vernacular hymns. This is wonderful, but I am wondering what a good chant to take the place of an entrance hymn would be? Looking through Jubilate Deo and Liber Cantualis books I am thinking the Da Pacem hymn would be nice? Christus Vincit perhaps to express Christ's triumph over the grace - or that might not exactly be appropriate?

    Thanks for any suggestions!
  • Adam WoodAdam Wood
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    Is there a reason you are not just going to chant the funeral propers?
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  • RCS333
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    Haha, good question! Probably because I did not see them in the Parish Book of chant!
    Found them online - still curious any recommendations if she doesn't want to do the whole propers. I'll try to steer her to these though.

    Thanks!
  • a_f_hawkins
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    There are a couple more options in the Graduale Simplex, if she would prefer the less ornate but still authentic.
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  • Richard MixRichard Mix
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    Gregorian Missal (1990) gives the full a list of substitutions whose aptness might depend a little on the chosen lessons; for the Entrance: Requiem, Ego autem cum justitia, Intret oratio mea, Si iniquitates.
  • a_f_hawkins
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    There are seven in GR, and GS has two more: Dona eis, Domine, which I find particularly appealing, and Aperite mihi. And that is just introits.
  • CatherineS
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    The funeral propers are a treasure and well worth keeping alive, as it were. I won't sing weddings, but I'll take any requiem Mass offered (assuming use of the propers). It's beautiful music and lovely prayer.
  • Chaswjd
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    I believe that many of the propers for a funeral are also used on All Souls Day. If you cannot find them under “funeral” you might find them under “All Souls.”
  • I’d go with the traditional Subvenite chant proper. It sets the somber tone and prays for the deceased.

    https://youtu.be/q_qyiZp_cC8
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  • a_f_hawkins
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    In the OF, GR(73) does permit Subvenite, there is a rubric on p692, as an addition to one of the Introits. I presume this would be before the Introit, as traditionally. The tune given is however not the one in the video above, and there are other differences.
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  • a_f_hawkins
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    Dona eis, Domine, ... with Psalm 6 Domine, ne in furore tuo arguas me, neque in ira tua corripias me. as in GS is a sombre option. Indeed the combination of that after Subvenite strikes me as one I would like for my own funeral, but probably cannot arrange.
  • RCS333
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    Thanks for the recommendations everyone! I will use this as a reference for the future as well.
  • DanielT
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    @RCS333 the chants for the Requiem Mass are indeed in the PBC (2nd ed.) beginning at p. 151/no. 155. They are easy to miss because it says "for the Traditional Requiem Mass," but the footnote observes that the "chants may be used in the Ordinary Form as well."
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  • ghmus7
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    Hard to imagine if you are doing chant for a funeral that the introit would be other than Requiem Aeternam