Wednesday, July 19, 2017

15th Sunday in Ordinary Time

16 July 2017

Entrance Unless a grain
Penitential Rite At the table of the Lord (Collegeville)
Gloria At the table of the Lord (Collegeville)
Psalm 64 Some seed (mtgf)
Gospel Acclamation (Murray)
Preparation of Gifts Parable (M D Ridge)
Eucharistic Acclamations Missal
Lamb of God Nores (mtgf)
Communion Antiphon Whoever eats my flesh (mtgf)
Communion We have been told (David Haas)
Final Love divine

Perhaps because eI spent quite a bit of time in the previous week considering the translation of this psalm response, a new setting emerged. It was naughty in a couple of ways. I do a single leaflet for July and therefore there was different music for the response (how many noted this?). I also decided that the response would be a tone higher each time (the growing metaphor I presume). This was compromised by a different tone for the 3 line verse and not modulating - this meant it did not go too high.

The psalm response is not taken from the psalm, as is usually the case, but from Luke's Gospel. In this country we are used to the principle that the response is taken from the scripture (which is not a principle followed elsewhere). If the scripture version is changing how does this affect the response? One of the particular questions is why Luke? when the Gospel this Sunday is Matthew (it is the parallel text). Secondly the response is not a direct quotation but an adaptation because in Luke's account it does not just produce its crop but does s a hundredfold.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

14th Sunday in Ordinary Time

9 July 2017

Entrance I heard the voice of Jesus say
Penitential Rite At the table of the Lord (Collegeville)
Gloria At the table of the Lord (Collegeville)
Psalm 144 I will bless your name (mtgf)
Gospel Acclamation (Murray)
Preparation of Gifts Like a child rests (Christopher Walker)
Eucharistic Acclamations Missal
Lamb of God Nores (mtgf)
Communion Antiphon Come to me (mtgf)
Communion As the deer longs (Bob Hurd)
Final Forth in thy name

Sunday, July 2, 2017

13th Sunday in Ordinary Time

2 July 2017

Entrance All are welcome
Penitential Rite At the table of the Lord (Collegeville)
Gloria At the table of the Lord (Collegeville)
Psalm 88 I will sing for ever (mtgf)
Gospel Acclamation (Murray)
Preparation of Gifts Neither death nor life (mtgf)
Eucharistic Acclamations Missal
Lamb of God Nores (mtgf)
Communion Antiphon Bless the Lord (mtgf)
Communion Centre of my life (Paul Inwood)
Final Will you come and follow me

Another go at the more streamlined setting of Romans 6. Looking back to 3 years ago I then noted it was 3 years since we had begun singing new settings (so now 6). I wondered then how long we might continue with the Missal Acclamations. My ambivalence to them continues: not convinced at an aesthetic level; recognising their functional success. Or to put it aonther way - people sing them and they do suit this period when we can be down to just singer on a Sunday.

A different matter — how does this Sunday's psalm fit in the Liruegy of the Word?

12th Sunday in Ordinary Time

25 June 2017

Entrance All that is hidden
Penitential Rite At the table of the Lord (Collegeville)
Gloria At the table of the Lord (Collegeville)
Psalm 68 (mtgf)
Gospel Acclamation (Murray)
Preparation of Gifts Neither death nor life (mtgf)
Eucharistic Acclamations Missal
Lamb of God Nores (mtgf)
Communion Antiphon I am the Good Shepherd (mtgf)
Communion Do not be afraid (David Haas)
Final He who would valiant be

One think you learn with a choir is that different people mark up their music in different ways - the circling of a difficult note, the reminder of a wider interval. I tend to only write on my on scores and note possible edits. Neither death nor life had a number of possible amendments to the text of the verses and this inspired taking it home and reqorking the text so that it was far more regular from verse to verse.

Psalm 68 is one of few times we get a psalm of lament on a Sunday - and it is a rare appearance.

The Body & Blood of the Lord

18 June 2017

Entrance My God and is thy table spread
Penitential Rite At the table of the Lord (Collegeville)
Gloria At the table of the Lord (Collegeville)
Psalm 147 O praise the Lord, Jerusalem (mtgf)
Gospel Acclamation (Murray)
Preparation of Gifts Love bade me welcome (Vaughan Williams)
Eucharistic Acclamations Missal
Lamb of God Nores (mtgf)
Communion Antiphon Whoever eats my flesh (mtgf)
Communion Take and eat (Michael Joncas)
Final Alleluia, sing to Jesus

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Most Holy Trinity

11 June 2017

Entrance I bind unto myself
Penitential Rite At the table of the Lord (Collegeville)
Gloria At the table of the Lord (Collegeville)
Psalm - Dan 3 To you, glory and praise (mtgf)
Gospel Acclamation (Murray)
Preparation of Gifts Hymn of the Cherubim (Anon)
Eucharistic Acclamations Missal
Lamb of God Nores (mtgf)
Communion Antiphon Since you are children of God (mtgf)
Communion God beyond all names (Bernadette Farrell)
Final Holy is God

After the previous Sunday, relatively straightforward. I bind myself was I suspect new to many. Having been replaced the previous week I decided on Holy is God at the end.

Pentecost Sunday

4 June 2017

Opening Veni Sancte Spiritus (Walker)
Reading Ezekiel 37:1–14
Response Give us, Lord, a new heart (Farrell)
Silence
Song Veni Creator Spiritus (Chant)
Reading Joel 3:1–5
Response Spirit of God (Farrell)
Silence
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Entrance Come down, O love divine
Penitential Rite Lux et origo (mtgf)
Gloria Mass of Wisdom (Steven Janco)
Psalm 103 Send forth your spirit (mtgf)
Sequence & Gospel Accl Pentecost Sequence (Hurd)
Preparation of Gifts The Spirit comes to us in our weakness (mtgf)
Eucharistic Acclamations Mass of Wisdom (Steven Janco)
Lamb of God Lux et origo (mtgf)
Communion Antiphon They were all filled (mtgf)
Communion There is one Lord (Alstott)
Final Celtic Alleluia (O'Carroll/Walker)

Unusual circumstances this Sunday. At 10.25 a message came from security that the chaplain would be between 30-45 minutes late. I was correct in my guess that the supply priest for the Mass in the parish at 10.30 failed to turn up. Looking back we were in some ways lucky it was Pentecost Sunday as it meant we could easily use some the vigil readings - I asked the reading to look at the 3rd and 4th and went from there. We have a history of singing Chris Walker's Veni Sancte Spiritus for long periods so it was an obvious place to start — though I though the full 30 minutes might be a bit much. There was some thinking on our feet — Give us, Lord was only thought of during the Ezekiel reading. By 11.30 I had thought we had probably 'vigilled' long enough and guess that the chaplain would be with us by the Gospel we began Mass; he arrived during the psalm - so I could give a quick report and suggest there was still a sequence to catch one's breath.

We tried a different Sequence setting this year. I had come across Bob Hurd's setting while preparing for a music day recently. Its appeal was that it used the same o filli et filliae Alleluia refrain as our Easter Sequence so made a nice seasonal bookend. It also had the bright idea of including the Gospel Acclamation verse. In the end I was not sure — I think its faux-medievalism lack melodic character at the end of the day.

The final hymn changed a number of times. In my list it was going to be Lord, you give the great commission but before Mass I had decided that would be too much. it then became Holy is God as a seasonal marker and something shorter. In the end I decided to have just the Celtic Alleluia as a swift ending — people had been there approaching 90 minutes — it seemed to be one of the congregation's most forthright sings!