My original letter read:
"I am looking for something a little upbeat for a Lenten program (Roman
Catholic). Laetare Sunday (third sunday actually fourth Sunday, I stand
corrected) has some inspirational texts. We would be open to motets,
anthems, spirituals. Understand we have an abundance of mourning and
penitence already. We are looking for contrast."
What follows is a compilation of the response, not many in number, but
fruitful nonetheless. I thank the contributors.
"Two Motets" (Parce Domine and Laudate Dominum), both Lenten motets by John
Biggs. The second would definitely be in contrast to mourning and penitence.
"I Will Arise and Go to Jesus" (tune: Restoration) from Leo Nestor's Three
American Hymn Tune Settings. SATB a cappella. ECS Publishing No. 4683
Includes text such as "Come, you thirsty" which works very well with
theSamaritan women gospel.
Mendelssohn's "Lift Thine Eyes" from Elijah (for Women's voices only). It
is short, and upbeat, and fits the reading quite well.
Rejoice in the Lord Alway - Purcell (Verse Anthem)
Something based on the 23rd Psalm (Lectionary Psalm for the day)
O Christ who art the light and day - Byrd
Amazing Grace - Spiritual
O Lord increase my faith - Gibbons