A liturgy that sprang to mind whilst listening to new choral music in the car yesterday.
Feast of the Enunciation
A service for the start of a new choir season
Gather ye singers, with all your might,
And let us sing with joy this night;
And joy give ye to all that hear,
Without an over-labored ear.
Chorus: Who washed Washington’s white woolen underwear, when Washington’s washerwoman went west?
The Maker gave us all we need
To make a sound that others heed,
To sing with clarity and verve
And not get on our list’ner’s nerves.
Chorus: The lips, the tongue, the tip of the teeth.
Though there be grace for every ill,
And words be printed, even still
I shall insist on clarity
And that your words please even me.
Chorus: Poppy, petunia, poppy, petunia, gladiola.
When singing with the instruments
We will be taxed, but never spent;
The vowels will make our sound so dear,
But consonants make meaning clear.
Chorus: A tooter who tooted a flute, tried to tutor two tooters to toot. Said the two of the tutor, “Is it harder to toot, or to tutor two tooters to toot?”
“The people know these words,” we say;
But still, let’s not get in the way.
The less they have to work at it,
The more our message they will get.
Chorus: The sixth sheik’s sixth sheep’s sick.
I’ll say this many times, you know,
And you’ll grow weary, even though
To shut me up all you need do
Is take to heart, and follow through.
Chorus: Minimal animal, minimal animal, minimal animal, minimal animal.
Before we get to work we should
Catch up, relax, for schmoozing’s good;
We’ve lots of music yet to make,
But first let’s take a social break.
Chorus: A cup of proper coffee in a copper coffee cup.
[Here at the Director’s discretion, s/he may announce the length of a break, along with other notices of immediate and local importance.]
[Let there be ample coffee, according to choral practice at all times and in all places. As circumstances allow, let there also be an assortment of edible goods.]
[After the break, the Feast of the Enunciation continues with the music appropriate to the Proper of the Season.]