I go to daily Holy Mass at noon with about 20-40 people at my parish… We have been singing hymns (a cappella) during Offertory and Holy Communion. It all just happened spontaneously over the past year. The congregation relies on one lady and myself to make the song selections before the Mass, which we do by reading the 1st reading, the psalm and the Gospel of the day before coming to Mass. Once we determine the day’s theme, we suggest this to the group gathered before Mass and so the two songs for the day are selected. It is all so informal and so intimate (this is not an official parish choir or ministry), and many of them are really so enthusiastic about singing together even without any musical instruments. And after a year of doing this together, I can truthfully say that our singing has become quite beautiful and harmonious—praise God! Almost everyone sings at their seats (there is no separate choir and nobody has to go up to the altar). We just evolved slowly as a one group.
This is where I need your help. Sometimes, I come in late or cannot attend the Mass, in which case they hurriedly decide on the song selections without basing them on the themes of the readings. They have asked me if I could prepare on paper suggested themes based on the daily Mass one week at a time, in case my friend and I are not there to direct the selections.
Does anyone know of any resource on this on the Internet? I don’t mean resources for daily Mass readings (there are many) but one that breaks these into defined themes so that, in a pinch, the songs can be matched to the readings. There are a few resources for Gospel-based themes for Sunday Holy Mass but not for daily Mass.
I was thinking of doing this myself-- reading all the readings for the week and determining the themes ahead of time but at this time, this is hard for me, so an online resource would be most helpful…
Thanks and God bless you!