The Saturday vigil is the main weekend Mass for the seminary; this frees folks up to help out in parish apostolates on Sunday. Today also marked the last liturgy of the semester. I'm sure there was a definite sense of rejoicing for my seminarian brothers who have just gone through finals and papers and the like!
I'd made a request that, if possible, we chant the actual Introit for today's Mass. Much to my surprise (and delight!), the powers that be were amenable to this. It ended up being placed as a solo chant for the offertory, chanted by yours truly.
And it was quite nice, after a long time, to sing with the choir as well.
The text is taken from St. Paul's Letter to the Philippians, 4:4-6, with a verse from Ps. 85 (84) as a response.
Gaudete in domino, iterum dico, gaudete! Modestia vestra nota sit omnibus hominibus. Dominus prope est. Nihil soliciti sitis: sed in omni oratione petitione vestrae innotescant apud Deum.I think the Douay-Rheims is perhaps closest to the text of the Vulgate:
Benedixisti Domine terram tuam, avertuisti captivitate Iacob.
Rejoice in the Lord always: again, I say, rejoice. Let your modesty be known to all men. The Lord is nigh. Be nothing solicitous: but in every thing, by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your petitions be made known to God.("With thanksgiving" isn't in the actual text of the chant itself, but does occur [cum gratiarum actione] in the Vulgate.)
Lord, thou hast blessed thy land: thou hast turned away the captivity of Jacob.
[It's really not surprising, but I don't think any of the musicians had seen a Graduale Romanum before, which I'd brought to practice. More on the Gradual.].