Sunday, April 23, 2017

2nd Sunday of Easter

23 April 2017

Entrance Godhead here in hiding
Penitential Rite Lux et origo (mtgf)
Gloria Mass of Wisdom (Steven Janco)
Psalm 117 Give thanks to the Lord (mtgf)
Gospel Acclamation Celtic (O'Carroll/Walker)
Preparation of Gifts Now we remain (David Haas)
Eucharistic Acclamations Mass of Wisdom (Steven Janco)
Lamb of God Lux et origo (mtgf)
Communion Antiphon Bring your hand (mtgf)
Communion Christ our peace (Marty Haugen)
Final This joyful Eastertide

Easter Day

16 April 2017

Entrance Jesus Christ is risen today
Penitential Rite Lux et origo (mtgf)
Gloria Mass of Wisdom (Steven Janco)
Psalm 117 This day was made by the Lord (mtgf)
Sequence Victimae Paschali Laudes (arr. mtgf)
Preparation of Gifts Rise heart (Easter) (Vaughan Williams)
Eucharistic Acclamations Mass of Wisdom (Steven Janco)
Lamb of God Lux et origo (mtgf)
Communion Antiphon Christ our passover (mtgf)
Communion I have seen the Lord ()Bob Hurd)
Final Thine be the glory

I was doing a workshop on limited musical resources which is quite an opaque phrase. I decided in the end it is about musical confidence rather than numbers. This morning there was just three of us - so various thing I had planned were put to one side. In act of musical confidence, which I am not sure the performance wholly bore out, I offered the first of Vaughan Williams 5 Mystical Songs.

Easter Vigil

15 April 2017

ProcessionMissal
ExsultetMissal
Psalm 103Send forth your spirit (mtgf)
Psalm 15Preserve me, God (Christopher Walker)
Exodus 15I will sing to the Lord (mtgf)
Psalm 29I will praise you, Lord (Paul Inwood)
Psalm 41-42As the deer longs (Palestrina/Bridge)
GloriaWisdom (Steven Janco)
Gospel AcclamationCeltic Alleluia (O'Carroll/Walker)
Baptismal LiturgySprings of water (mtgf)
Preparation of GiftsFor peace (Antoine Oomen)
Eucharistic AcclamationsWisdom (Steven Janco)
Lamb of GodLux et origo (mtgf)
Communion AntiphonChrist our Passover
Communion Sicut cervus (Palestrina)
FinalHoly is God (Paul Inwood)

I always enjoy the staginess of the Vigil. This includes the time beforehand when all the lights are on, ministers are preparing and people are arriving. Shortly we will be go into the night and capture the flame for the Easter Candle.

This probably is our model set of music for recent years with a variation of psalm. The one change was the use of the Missal 'The light of Christ' at the beginning. For many years we have used Taizé "The Lord is my light' and reason for that was a deacon who could not sing. It one advantage is that it does accompany the liturgical action with music and leads to the Exsulte.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Good Friday

14 April 2017

Psalm 30 Father, into your hands (mtgf)
Gospel Acclamation Lenten (mtgf)
Adoration of the CrossReproaches (Peter Jones)
O vos omnes (Victoria)
CommunionO Crux ave (Rihards Dubra)
When I survey the wondrous cross

The list above does not always include everything which is sung, for example, the procession with the cross was sung to the simple Missal tone. We also sing a short acclamation during the Passion readings on Sunday and today. I think this a better option than the congregation being the crowd (which seems to me a false-participation). I also think that a short acclamation is better than a hymn for three reasons: it should be short and not stop the narrative, just punctuate it; ideally it should be something people know so that they can participate by heart, thirdly most hymns are general passion rather than specific to the narrative. For a number of years we have used John Bell's Behold the Lamb of God for both Sunday and Friday. I have been aware that John's Passion has a different emphasis and wanted to reflect this in the acclamation. This year we tried my For God so loved the world — a Johannine text.

I commented earlier in Lent about the desirability of a hymn as an authentic mode of participation.

Maundy Thursday

13 April 2017

Entrance For God so loved the world (mtgf)
Penitential Rite Missa Ubi Caritas (Bob Hurd)
Gloria Mass of Wisdom (Steven Janco)
Psalm 115 The blessing cup (mtgf)
Gospel Acclamation Lenten (mtgf)
Washing of the Feet Faith, hope & love (Christpher Walker)
Preparation of Gifts I give to you a new commandment (Peter Nardone)
Eucharistic Acclamations Missa Ubi Caritas (Bob Hurd)
Lamb of God Missa Ubi Caritas (Bob Hurd)
Communion Antiphon This is the body (mtgf)
Communion Ave verum corpus (Byrd)
Procession Pange lingua (Ricky Manalo)
Watching Tantum ergo (chant)
Stay with me (Taizé)

I think we (I?) have reconciled ourselves to less music - e.g. at Communion and in the crypt. It definitely flows more easily without that feeling that once we finish this piece the next will start immediately.

We had done the Nardone anthem on Maundy Thursday before. We have used it this term with the University choir and so it was good to place the chant of Ubi Caritas in its proper place. As I have probably said before it is a simple but effective piece - in some ways just the same melody sung three times but with enough variation and satisfaction for the singers.

We tried a different arrangement of singers for the Pange Lingua chant. It always involves a certain logistical planning with some singers heading for the crypt ahead of the procession and some staying with the procession upstairs and then making our way by a different route to regather with the singers in the crypt. What was apparent this year was that the congregation had taken up Ricky Manalos (lush) chant. I am not sure how long we have sung it (since 2010 and I note that in 2011/12 people seem to be picking it up well!)

Friday, April 14, 2017

Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord

9 April 2017

Antiphon Hosanna to the Son of David (mtgf)
Procession Hosanna (Paul Inwood)
Psalm 21 My God, my God (Chrosyopher Walker)
Gospel Acclamation Lenten (mtgf)
Preparation of Gifts Ours were the greifs (Stephen Dean)
Eucharistic Acclamations Missa Ubi Caritas (Bob Hurd)
Lamb of God Missa Ubi Caritas (Bob Hurd)
Communion Antiphon Father, if this chalice (mtgf)
Communion Christus factus est (Anerio)
Final My song is love unknown

Last year, I was away for Palm Sunday so this was the first time I had experienced the procession. We have a natural gathering point and route - from what was originally one of Walpole's follies - the Chapel in the Woods across the piazza to the chapel. We began with the choir singing the opening antiphon. For the procession we continued our use of the Hosanna from the Gathering Mass and I written a psalm tine from verses from Psalm 24. It seemed to work well, my one thought was that the harmony on the Hosannas might have been better left until we had entered the chapel.

5th Sunday of Lent

2 April 2017

Entrance For God so loved the world (mtgf)
Penitential Rite Missa Ubi Caritas (Bob Hurd)
Psalm 129 With the Lord (mtgf)
Gospel Acclamation Lenten (mtgf)
Preparation of Gifts Miserere (Rihards Dubra)
Eucharistic Acclamations Missa Ubi Caritas (Bob Hurd)
Lamb of God Missa Ubi Caritas (Bob Hurd)
Communion Antiphon Everyone who lives (mtgf)
Communion I am the Resurrection (Bob Hurd)
Final Gift of love

We were joined by 70 local Catenians this morning. Though they participated with vigour it made one take a step back and reflect on how much might be unfamiliar to them. I am not sure what might our common repertoire be - especially as I would consider that the local Lenten journey through the Sundays has precedence. but that said it also highlights what seems to me to a problem with those who are broadly 'anti-hymn' in the liturgy. It seems to me that however 'liturgical' the rest there is the need for a good sing which a hymn provides. I am writing this on the evening of Good Friday and I think an important moment in that liturgy is the communal singing of When I survey after Communion - a gift to us from the non-conformist tradition.

The piece by Richards Dubra had been sung by the University Choir in Leeds. It is good to find place for such pieces in our worship. Today because it climaxes on 'and live' - which seemed a command to Lazarus.