27 September 2009
|Entrance||God whose almighty Word|
|Penitential Rite||St Gabriels (mtgf)|
|Gloria||St Gabriels (mtgf)|
|Psalm 18||The precepts of the Lord (mtgf)|
|Gospel Acclamation||Alleluia Beati (Christopher Walker)|
|Preparation of Gifts||The love of the Lord (Michael Joncas)|
|Eucharistic Acclamations||Mass of Creation (Marty Haugen)|
|Lamb of God||Lamb of God 6 (mtgf)|
|Communion||Let the word (Collegeville Composer's Group)|
|Final||Forth in thy name|
I have noticed before that the Sundays which occur at the beginning of the new Academic year for us are often full of 'hard sayings'. Not the easiest weeks to choose appropriate music for. I suspect that 'God who almighty word' may get quite a few outings over the year — it's the mixture of a strong melody and words with Trinitarian focus which are apposite to Sunday.
The starting point for choosing The Love of the Lord was the second reading but the idea of the refrain of having nothing more than Christ to offer was related to the Gospel.
Our adventure with Psallite continues. I suppose that I am looking for three things: a good melody for the refrain, the use of a text that illumines the moment of Communion, something of musical interest for the singers. Too often, even when looking beyond just the Song for the Table, there is little of musical interest and/or the refrain seems too short, or not particularly memorable. Is the desire for musical interest selfishness on the part of musicians? Not when I think the attractiveness of the piece is contributed to.
This week's Communion antiphon was a repeat from 22nd Sunday - chosen in the light of the comments above.
A different Lamb of God which begins in Fm with the last invocation in the major.