The liturgical season of Lent is meant to be a time for us to reflect more deeply upon the great mysteries of our faith. We recount the paschal mystery of Christ’s suffering, death, and resurrection in a particularly profound way through the beautiful and solemn liturgies we celebrate at different times throughout this season.
Throughout Lent, one way we emphasize the deep mystery of this season is to incorporate even more solemn music into our liturgies. You will notice, in particular, that we will incorporate more Latin into our Masses and use simple Latin chant settings for the ordinary parts, including the “Holy, Holy, Holy” (Sanctus, Sanctus, Sanctus …), the Memorial Acclamation (Mortem Tuam …), and the “Lamb of God” (Agnus Dei …).
The use of Latin and chant in the liturgy has been a significant part of our tradition, and the Second Vatican Council as well as subsequent popes have written about the importance of maintaining this tradition precisely as a way of emphasizing the beauty, mystery, and universality of our faith and our liturgy. If you would like to listen to the Latin chant for these parts of the Mass to familiarize yourself more with them, visit the sites below.