Monday, January 21, 2013

A Challenge for NLM Readers

Claudio Salvucci is a name which will be familiar to our readers, particularly if you have taken an interest in our posts here on NLM regarding the liturgy within the context of the Native American missions.

Our friend Claudio is hoping to get some help from NLM readers:

NLM readers: I am looking for help identifying a mission Mass in the Abenaki language likely written in the 1700s, perhaps by Sebastian Rale, SJ or, more probably, one of his successors.

The propers for this Mass (Introit, Gradual, Alleluia, and Offertory) are shown below. The Introit melody seems to match that of the "Factus Est Dominus" of the 2nd Sunday after Pentecost. But it is structured more like a Votive Mass with variations for Paschal time: such as the added alleluias in the Introit, and an Alleluia taking the place of the Gradual.

Can anyone identify these chant melodies? There are two other Masses in this manuscript that I have already confirmed as the Requiem Mass and the Gaudeamus of All Saints.

I do not know Abenaki well enough to translate the text, but "Sangheman" is the equivalent of Latin "Dominus" if that helps.