"Where charity and love prevail" is among the most well-known of the Latin chants, generally considered to come from the 9th century. It's a hymn of forgiveness and joy, peace and reconciliation, and therefore perfect for singing during communion, as we will this week. We'll be singing the text to the more popular chorale tune, but during the interlude between the communion hymns, I'll play a few lines of the chant. Listen and see if you recognize that snippet of chant melody from centuries ago.
Singing the hymn also foreshadows Maundy Thursday, an occasion where the text is often used. But Maundy Thursday is many days in the future still. The time before Lent stretches on this year, and we get to enjoy music of praise and celebration during these cold winter days. That's why we get to end the service with "Joyful Joyful" and enjoy a postlude with the title "Alleluia!" And the choir will be sharing an upbeat anthem of praise: "O Praise the Name of the Lord." I hope that all of the music lifts your spirits this weekend!