Monday, April 22, 2019

Easter Sunday - Day

21 April 2019

Entrance Jesus Christ is risen today
Penitential Rite Lux et origo (mtgf)
Gloria Mass of Wisdom (Steven Janco)
Psalm 117 This day was made (mtgf)
Sequence/Gospel Acclamation Victimae Paschali (mtgf)
Preparation of Gifts Exsultate Iusti (Viadana)
Eucharistic Acclamations Mass of Wisdom (Steven Janco)
Lamb of God Lux et origo (mtgf)
Communion Antiphon Christ our passsover (mtgf)
Communion Now we remain (David Haas)
Final Thine be the glory

Easter Sunday - Vigil

20 April 2019

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 41Like the deer (mtgf)
GloriaWisdom (Steven Janco)
Gospel AcclamationCeltic Alleluia (O'Carroll/Walker)
Baptismal LiturgySprings of water (mtgf)
Preparation of GiftsWhat wondrous love (Southern Harmony arr. Haugen)
Eucharistic AcclamationsWisdom (Steven Janco)
Lamb of GodLux et origo (mtgf)
Communion AntiphonChrist our Passover
Communion As the deer longs (Palestrina/Bridge)
FinalThis joyful Eastertide

I quite like the Brechtian effect of our liturgical preparation. This is not a liturgy or a Triduum of surprises but one where the mechanics can be seen.

Good Friday

19 April 2019

Psalm 30 Father, into your hands (mtgf)
Gospel Acclamation Lenten (mtgf)
Adoration of the Cross Reproaches (Peter Jones)
Calvarie Mass (Tallis arr. Wood)
Communion O Crux ave (Rihards Dubra)
When I survey the wondrous cross

This year we were 4 singers, our accompanist and 2 violins for the Triduum. Though a number of moments on this liturgy were unaccompanied.

Maundy Thursday

18 April 2019

Entrance For God so loved the world (mtgf)
Penitential Rite Missa Ubi Caritas (Bob Hurd)
Gloria Mass of Wisdom (Steve Janco)
Psalm 15 The blessing cup (mtgf)
Gospel Acclamation Lenten (mtgf)
Washing of the feet Faith, hope and love (Christopher 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 my body (mtgf)
Communion Take and eat (Michael Joncas)
Procession Pange lingua (Ricky Manalo)
Watching Tantum ergo (chant)
Stay with me (Taizé)

After singing it through this Lent and previous I wonder whether the congregation has 'caught' the Eucharistic Acclamations from Missa Ubi Caritas. If I were rationalise this - or at least guess - I would suggest that unaccompanied with attempted harmonies may not be that clear. I also have a theory that a congregation latches on to a key voice which when it sings another part diverts the attention. A further issues us about how it starts. Though not in the current published score the Sanctus presumes a sung preface. In its absence how does the congregation know when and where to come in without a played introduction. About the 4th Sunday I start singing an intonation - which then threw the singers and added another Sanctus. What I like about the setting is the contrast of the simplicity of the melody and the interest of the harmony. So maybe something different next year.

Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord

14 April 2019

Antiphon Hosanna to the Son of David (mtgf)
Entrance Hosanna (Paul Inwood) + Ps 23 verses
Psalm 21 My God, my God (mtgf)
Gospel Acclamation Lenten (mtgf)
Preparation of Gifts Ours were the griefs (Stephen Dean)
Eucharistic Acclamations Missa Ubi Caritas (Bob Hurd)
Lamb of God Missa Ubi Caritas (Bob Hurd)
Communion Father, if this cup (Stephen Dean)
Final My song is love unknown

Saturday, April 20, 2019

5th Sunday of Lent

7 April

Entrance For God so loved the world (mtgf)
Penitential Rite Missa Ubi Caritas (Bob Hurd)
Psalm 125 What marvels (mtgf)
Gospel Acclamation Lenten (mtgf)
Preparation of Gifts The love of the Lord (Michael Joncas)
Eucharistic Acclamations Missa Ubi Caritas (Bob Hurd)
Lamb of God Missa Ubi Caritas (Bob Hurd)
Communion Antiphon HAs no one (mtgf)
Communion Remember not (Bob Hurd)
Final There's a wideness

4th Sunday of Lent

31 March 2019

Entrance For God so loved the world (mtgf)
Penitential Rite Missa Ubi Caritas (Bob Hurd)
Psalm 33 Taste and see (Stephen Dean)
Gospel Acclamation Lenten (mtgf)
Preparation of Gifts Your love is finer (Marty Haugen)
Eucharistic Acclamations Missa Ubi Caritas (Bob Hurd)
Lamb of God Missa Ubi Caritas (Bob Hurd)
Communion Antiphon You must rejoice (mtgf)
Communion You are mine (David Haas)
Final Praise now our God with joy

The choice of psalm and responses on the Sundays of Lent always strike me as initially odd. Today you might think you would get in the light of the gospel one of the great penitential psalms. When the gospel of the prodigal son reappears later in the year it is paired with Psalm 50 (51). Taste and see? It suggests a more eucharistic understanding of the story which is also present in the first reading.