Today is the feast of the Presentation, I have been trying to find something in English that is singable for the Procession, there is nothing in the hymnbook we use. We are going to use the antiphon "Lumen ad revelationem" with the Nunc Dimitis for the introit, partly because we are going to process around the Church a couple of times and I want people to join and they won't do it if they are carrying candles and have to remember a Latin text or read something from a piece of paper, and besides it is a bit short for a procession. So I had to resort to writing something myself so we will be singing, "My eyes have the Light of the Nations: now let your servant go in peace" with a Litany, or Trope, which I am in the process of writing.
"I have seen the King of seraphim in the Virgin's arms"
"I have seen the salvation of the nations" etc
Unfortunately we haven't anyone who can cant so I am going to have be the cantor as well - pity my poor people. It was that or singing, "This little light of mine" or something equally grotesque. It has been my experience in the past that a procession normally ends up by being a mad rush for seats after it has begun, or people just refuse to move so I am afraid after the procession, before the Mass proper begins I am going to get people to come and venerate the icon of Our Lady of Kazan which will be carried in procession- a bit Eastern for my tastes but it worked last year.
I just wish that there was a "hymn" book that had material that was suitable for the liturgy, for processions when they needed, music that fitted the liturgical Sequences, we ended up by singing the Pentecost Sequence to Stabat Mater, better than just reading it, but not much.
We have such a transient community, so many none English speakers, so that what was used last year is forgotten this year, and we really don't have great liturgical resources.
I wish that our bishops would do what the Vatican Council instructed them to do and draw up a hymn of suitable liturgical texts.
What do other priests or parishes do? I would be grateful to know.