Sunday, February 24, 2019

7th Sunday in Ordinary Time

24 February 2019

Entrance Where charity and love prevail
Penitential Rite Winter (mtgf)
Gloria Newman (James MacMillan)
Psalm 102 The Lord is compassion and love (mtgf)
Gospel Acclamation Alleluia Beati (Christopher Walker)
Preparation of Gifts Faith, hope and love (Christopher Walker)
Eucharistic Acclamations Bede (mtgf)
Lamb of God Newman (James MacMillan)
Communion Antiphon I will recount (mtgf)
Communion Spirit of God within me (Naylor)
Final Praise my soul

It was a suggestion in The Liturgy Planner to sing Spirit of God within me to Coe fen. We have used the Joncas tune previously, which as a homage to Down Ampney I had presumed shared the same metre. However it fits Coe Fen well - with just a stretch in the first line. I wondered about tweaking it - something like Spirit of God within my heart - but resisted.

We have sung the first hymn before - but I am not sure to what tune. I had thought Conditor alme siderum but wrong metre. Today it was Tallis' Ordinal (Come Holy Ghost) which I don't when we last sang as a tune. My first impression was that people did know it but the weak spoken responses later might suggest otherwise.

6th Sunday in Ordinary Time

17 February 2019

Entrance Blest are the pure in heart
Penitential Rite Winter (mtgf)
Gloria Newman (James MacMillan)
Psalm 1 (mtgf)
Gospel Acclamation Alleluia Beati (Christopher Walker)
Preparation of Gifts As a tree (Marty Haugen)
Eucharistic Acclamations Bede (mtgf)
Lamb of God Newman (James MacMillan)
Communion Antiphon They ate and gad their fill (mtgf)
Communion The Call (Vaughan Williams)
Final Tell out my soul

Psalm 1 Happy the man is often cited as example where the Christology of the New Testament is grafted onto the Old. The vir of Beatus vir is Christ. It is a sign of how the Lectionary both builds on a hermeneutic of connecting Old and New Testaments and also breaks it that the Lectionary ignores this sense. The man today is the same person as the Lukan beatitudes are addressed to - i.e. the subject of Christ teaching not Christ himself.

Sometimes one sings a piece and in doing so remember why you have not done so for a while. Marty Haugen's As a tree would seem a perfect fit for today picking up the tree imagery of first reading and psalm with verses based on the beatitudes. Apart from the annoyance in the verses that sometimes Blessed is two syllables, sometimes one, it does not seem to work for us - repay the necessary effort. I suspect the harmony in the verses needs equal (upper?) voices so that it works with the accompaniment.

5th Sunday in Ordinary Time

10 February 2019

Entrance Holy, Holy, Holy
Penitential Rite Winter (mtgf)
Gloria Newman (James MacMillan)
Psalm 137 Before the angels (mtgf)
Gospel Acclamation Alleluia Beati (Christopher Walker)
Preparation of Gifts Lord, you have come to the lakeside (Gabarain)
Eucharistic Acclamations Bede (mtgf)
Lamb of God Newman (James MacMillan)
Communion Antiphon Let them thank (mtgf)
Communion Zum Sanctus from Deutsche Messe (Schubert)
Final Holy is God

3 years ago this was the last Sunday before Lent and Holy is God made a good end to the short season. It was still a good combination of 'holy' and sending out. I have never been sure about the Schubert as an English Mass part - too sustained for an acclamation - but in German it provided a suitable post-Communion reflection.

We have had a new Penitential Act this season. the leaflet just said repeat after cantor and it took 3 Sundays to find a stable form: first week wrong direction, second Ok but needing some harmonic revision, third settled.

4th Sunday in Ordinary Time

3 February 2019

Entrance Oh the word of my Lord
Penitential Rite Winter (mtgf)
Gloria Newman (James MacMillan)
Psalm 70 My lips will tell (mtgf)
Gospel Acclamation Alleluia Beati (Christopher Walker)
Preparation of Gifts Not for tongues (Michael Joncas)
Eucharistic Acclamations Bede (mtgf)
Lamb of God Newman (James MacMillan)
Communion Antiphon Let your face (mtgf)
Communion In perfect charity (R DeBruyn)
Final He who would valiant be

3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

27 January 2019

Entrance God has spoken through his prophets
Penitential Rite Winter (mtgf)
Gloria Newman (James MacMillan)
Psalm 18 Your words are spirit (mtgf)
Gospel Acclamation Alleluia Beati (Christopher Walker)
Preparation of Gifts Many are the lightbeams (Widestrand arr Marty Haugen)
Eucharistic Acclamations Bede (mtgf)
Lamb of God Newman (James MacMillan)
Communion Antiphon I am the light (mtgf)
Communion Jesus the word (French)
Final The kingdom of God

Communion was a reappearance of the French carol we had sung over Christmas - an interesting echo.

2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

20 January 2019

Entrance We come as guests
Penitential Rite Winter (mtgf)
Gloria Newman (James MacMillan)
Psalm 95 Proclaim the wonders (mtgf)
Gospel Acclamation Alleluia Beati (Christopher Walker)
Preparation of Gifts Ubi Caritas (Bob Hurd)
Eucharistic Acclamations Bede (mtgf)
Lamb of God Newman (James MacMillan)
Communion Antiphon You have prepared (mtgf)
Communion Jesus, you are the bread (Bernadette Farrell)
Final Lord, you give the great commission

The first few Sundays of Year C have some of the most striking passages from the Old Testament, Gospel and the resonant section from 1 Corinthians. It is too rich. The music pointed to a eucharistic understanding of Cana - which I'm not sure is the point - but there were not strong contenders for why it is here on this Sunday.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Baptism of the Lord

13 January 2019

Entrance Songs of thankfulness and praise
Penitential Rite St Gabriel (mtgf)
Gloria Christmas (Paul Gibson)
Psalm 103 Bless the Lord (mtgf)
Gospel Acclamation Salisbury Alleluia (Christopher Walker)
Preparation of Gifts There is one Lord (Owen Alstott)
Eucharistic Acclamations Comfort & Joy (mtgf)
Lamb of God Christmas (mtgf)
Communion Antiphon Behold the One (mtgf)
Communion Bread for the world (Christopher Walker)
Final Forth in the peace of Christ

As previously we sang Songs of thankfulness to the tune of Hail Redeemer. The homilist concentrated on aspects of water as a symbol - so no mention of Christmas, or links with the Epiphany or forward to next week. I had also picked out 'Priest, Prophet and King which led to the final hymn. Aspects of water were reflected in the verses of There is one Lord. The manifest numbers of 'manifests' in the first hymn also reminded me of Chris Walker's Bread for the world — 'God in love made manifest'. In a deep recess of my brain I also remembered that there were specific Christmas verses which we did.