Sunday, December 4, 2016

Carols by Candlelight

3 December 2016

Part 1 - Prepare a way for the Lord

EntranceYonder come day (Georgia Sea Islands Spiritual) 
Opening Responses 
ReadingIsaiah 40:1–5 The prophet Isaiah tells the people of Israel to prepare a way for the Lord
Choir There is a longing (Anne Quigley)
HymnO come, O come Emmanuel

Part 2 - Behold the virgin will conceive

ReadingLuke 1: 26-38 St Luke tells of the Incarnation of Jesus
ChoirAngelus ad Virginem (13th C English arr. mtgf)
CarolO little town of Bethlehem

Part 3 - Today is born a Saviour, Christ the Lord

ReadingLuke 2:1-14 St Luke tells of the birth of Jesus
ChoirNight of silence (Daniel Kantor)
CarolSilent Night

Part 4 - The Word was made flesh and lived among us

Reading1 John 1:1–4 St John reflects on the Incarnation
ChoirAlma redemptoris mater (Palestrina)
Reflection
Intercessions 
Lord's Prayer & Blessing 
CarolJoy to the world

For the last couple of years the carol service has been on a Saturday and connected with the SU Christmas fair. This year the connection seemed to be broken and so though the numbers were O they were not what it has been for previous years.

We have followed the same format for a number of years with a few tweaks. Angelus ad Virginem is part of an effort to find something Marian which the choir would enjoy and could be used when needed. I am not sure whether it achieved this. One of the stumbling blocks was the density of the Latin and I found myself preparing an English translation on Thursday night. Not ideal but I think it made it far more manageable - we could even consider the change of person within the verses. Our American students were particularly delighted to sing that classic 'Night of Silence'. Though I have touched on 'Christmas in Advent' before it struck me that both 'O little town' and 'Joy to the world' have a not quite yet flavour to them.

Mass for Fr Desmond Beirne cm

Monday 28 November 2016

Entrance Lord of all hopefulness
Psalm 22 The Lord is my shepherd (mtgf)
Gospel Acclamation Paschal Alleluia (chant)
Preparation of Gifts There is a longing (Anne Quigley)
Eucharistic Acclamations Creation (Marty Haugen)
Lamb of God Mass XVIII (chant)
Communion Good and faithful servant (Andrew Everson)
Final Ave maris stella

Fr Desmond Beirne was Principal from 1979-1992 and the last Vincentian Principal. He died in reland earlier in the year and this was the University's opportunity to pay tribute and pray for him.

A number of the University Choir were able to attend and that partly dictated some of the choices. It seemed an appropriate occasion to sing the 'College Hymn' at the end.

1st Sunday of Advent

27 November 2016

Entrance Longing, trusting (mtgf)
Penitential Rite Kyrie 'Orbis factor'
Psalm 121 I rejoiced (mtgf)
Gospel Acclamation Helmsley Alleluia (adp. mtgf)
Preparation of Gifts Zion hears the watchmen's voices (J S Bach)
Eucharistic Acclamations Creation (Marty Haugen)
Lamb of God Advent (mtgf)
Communion Antiphon The Lord will bestow his bounty (mtgf)
Communion How far is the night (Huijbers)
Final Lo, he comes with clouds descending

And so back to the beginning. No big changes - the congregation now sings most o fteh Lamb of God rather than just repeat 'have mercy on us' etc. I think we have done 'Zion hears…' before but not in immediate memory. It is long enough without the closing chorale.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Our Lord Jesus Christ, Universal King

20 November 2016

Entrance Rejoice, the Lord is king
Penitential Rite St Gabriel (mtgf)
Gloria Angels and Saints (Steven Janco)
Psalm 121 I rejoiced (mtgf)
Gospel Acclamation Salisbury Alleluia (Christopher Walker)
Preparation of Gifts Christ the glory (Lalouette)
Eucharistic Acclamations Creation (Marty Haugen)
Lamb of God Angels and Saints (Steven Janco)
Communion Antiphon The Lord sits as king for ever (mtgf)
Communion Calvarie Mount (Tallis)
Final Hail Redeemer

This was the first Sunday when all the regular members were together for quite awhile. We also welcomed a new member. I always find it hard for new members - to a greater or lesser extent we relying on the repetition of Mass parts over a season and an evolving repertoire that can be drawn upon. It means that week 1 is very unfamiliar and possibly even worse at the end of a season, as next week even the Mass parts will change for the most part.

33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

13 November 2016 - Remembrance Sunday

Entrance Eternal rest (mtgf)
Penitential Rite St Gabriel (mtgf)
Gloria Angels and Saints (Steven Janco)
Psalm 97 The Lord comes to rule (mtgf)
Gospel Acclamation Salisbury Alleluia (Christopher Walker)
Preparation of Gifts There is a longing (Anne Quigley)
Eucharistic Acclamations Creation (Marty Haugen)
Lamb of God Angels and Saints (Steven Janco)
Communion Antiphon Amen, I say (mtgf)
Communion Verleih uns frieden - Lord, grant us mercy (Mendelssohn)
Final At the name of Jesus

As usual we were joined by the University Choir this morning.

I was pleased with the Mendelssohn, which is a lovely piece. The text is Luther's translation of Da pacem, Domine so in its plea for peace in times of conflict it was a fitting text for today, in its explicit reference to mercy it fitted with the ending of the Year of Mercy from this Sunday, and as a bit of Luther it also noted the anniversary of the reformation.

32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

6 November 2016

Entrance The Church's one foundation
Penitential Rite St Gabriel (mtgf)
Gloria Angels and Saints (Steven Janco)
Psalm 16 I shall be filled (mtgf)
Gospel Acclamation Salisbury Alleluia (Christopher Walker)
Preparation of Gifts I know my redeemer lives (Stephen Dean)
Eucharistic Acclamations Creation (Marty Haugen)
Lamb of God Angels and Saints (Steven Janco)
Communion Antiphon The Lord is my shepherd (mtgf)
Communion Christ the glory (Laloutte)
Final Love divine

Not the easiest set of readings to choose from. The editors of the Lectionary obviously had the resurrection of the body in mind but surface stories of martyrdom and marriage provide a possible distraction. I am not sure when we did the first hymn last - but it fitted very well.

31st Sunday in Ordinary Time

30 October 2016

Entrance I heard the voice of Jesus say
Penitential Rite St Gabriel (mtgf)
Gloria Angels and Saints (Steven Janco)
Psalm 144 I will bless your name (mtgf)
Gospel Acclamation Salisbury Alleluia (Christopher Walker)
Preparation of Gifts O God, you search me (Bernadette Farrell)
Eucharistic Acclamations Creation (Marty Haugen)
Lamb of God Angels and Saints (Steven Janco)
Communion Antiphon You will show me the path of life. (mtgf)
Communion Jesus, face of the Father's mercy (mtgf)
Final God is love, his the care