The Prodigal Son and His Father

Mount Calvary Church

A Roman Catholic Parish

The Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of S. Peter

Eutaw Street and Madison Avenue

Baltimore, Maryland

Rev. Albert Scharbach, Pastor

Dr. Allen Buskirk, Choirmaster

Lent IV

Laetare Sunday

March 31, 2019

8 A.M Said Mass

10:00 A. M.  Sung Mass

Breakfast in the undercroft following the 10:00 A.M. Mass



Missa de Angelis



Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (1525-1594)

Laudate Dominum, quia benignus est: psallite nomini ejus, quoniam suavis est: omnia quaecumque voluit, fecit in coelo et in terra.

Praise ye the Lord, for He is good: sing ye to His Name, for He is sweet: whatsoever He pleased, He hath done in heaven and in earth.

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Andrea Rota (1553-1597)

Laetare Jerusalem: et conventum facite omnes qui diligitis eam. Gaudete cum laetitia, qui in tristitia fuistis: Ut exsultetis, et satiemini ab uberibus consolationis vestrae.

Rejoice, O Jerusalem: and come together all you that love her. Rejoice with gladness, you that have been in sorrow: That you may exult, and be filled from the breasts of your consolation.



Rejoice the Lord is King (DARWELL’S 148th) is by Charles Wesley (1707-1788). The hymn has four principal sources. First, it begins with a clear allusion to Psalm 97:1, 12. Second, the 2-line refrain, with which each verse except the last concludes, begins with a citation of part of the Third Century Eucharistic text, Sursum Corda (‘Lift up your hearts.’). Third, the refrain continues with a reference to Philippians 4: 4. Fourth, the content of the hymn is influenced by that section of the Nicene Creed which deals with Christ’s Resurrection and Ascension, the belief that he will come again as Judge, and the unending nature of his Kingdom.  The final stanza concludes with a modified version of the refrain, in which the words of Sursum Corda are replaced by an allusion to 1 Thessalonians 4:16.

#409 Just as I am (WOODWORTH) is by Charlotte Elliott (1789–1871). Elliott was an invalid most of her life and was distressed by her inability to help spread the Gospel. She confided to a clergyman her distress that she was unable to offer any service to God. The clergyman told her that “you must come as you are—a sinner— to the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.” When we sin, we, like Adam, want to hide from the face of God. We have nothing to offer Him but He calls and commands us, “Come!” We come in repentance and sorrow to receive his great gift: Himself in the Eucharist.

#337 When I survey the wondrous cross (ROCKINGHAM) is by Isaac Watts (1674—1748). When preparing for a communion service in 1707, when he himself was thirty-three years old, Watts wrote this personal expression of gratitude for the love that Christ revealed by His death on the cross. Watts echoes Paul: “But far be it from me to glory except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world” (Gal 6: 14). The third stanza repeats almost verbatim phrases from St. Bernard of Clairvaux’s hymn “Salve mundi salutare”:  such sentiments would be felt by any sincere Christian who meditated upon the crucifixion.

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