27 December 2009
|Entrance ||Gaudete |
|Penitential Rite ||St Gabriels (mtgf) |
|Gloria ||Christmas Gloria (Paul Gibson) |
|Psalm 83 ||They are happy (mtgf) |
|Gospel Acclamation ||Salisbury Alleluia (Christopher Walker) |
|Preparation of Gifts ||Coventry Carol () |
|Eucharistic Acclamations ||Mass of Creation (Marty Haugen) |
|Lamb of God ||Behold the Lamb (Iona) |
|Communion ||Peace Child (Bernadette Farrell) |
|Final ||Unto us is born a Son ( ) |
The 2nd edition of the Lectionary - which we have had in UK since early 80's - added for a number of feasts readings for 3 year cycle. Holy Family is one example, Baptism of the Lord another. Due to lack of communication I had prepared to use the year C readings, prepared the Mass leaflet, and even made sure Lectionary was on right page. But the reader began with Ecclesiasticus The Lord honours the father…. The Gospel for year C is not optional - so the psalm fitted with that at least. We also had a whimsical, for want of a better word, Pastoral Letter - which apart from a broad swipe at the 'readings' which could have been any year and a particular reference to Colossians. Better improve methods of communication before the Baptism of the Lord.
This morning we were unaccompanied but everything worked well without accompaniment. In general I find this a Sunday where the season Christmas has greater prominence than the texts of the day in choosing music. I would rather sing Christmas repertoire in its proper season - to me well chosen texts about the finding in the temple would dampen the occasion. Gaudete was a recent addition to the schedule. It was partly there because I had suggested for a liturgy elsewhere and it was suggested that people would not know it. Well they know it in Strawberry Hill and it suited being sung unaccompanied in 3 part refrain and unison verses. In a similar way the Coventry Carol sounded well in the acoustic.
Peace Child is a carol by Bernadette Farrell and text by Shirley Erena Murray. If we had had accompaniment we might have used the arrangement in Go Before Us but instead used the simpler 4 part arrangement in Sounding Glory. This is a useful resource which gathers new hymn texts and settings from OCP's recent publications. Actually seeing Peace Child in the simpler arrangement made we aware of the beauty of the melody - something which I had missed before.