30 May 2010
|Entrance||Holy, Holy, Holy (Heber/Dykes)|
|Penitential Rite||St Gabriel (mtgf)|
|Gloria||Jeanne Jugan (Christopher Walker)|
|Psalm 8||How great is your name (mtgf)|
|Gospel Acclamation||(A Gregory Murray)|
|Preparation of Gifts||Hymn of the Cherubim (Anonymous Russian?)|
|Eucharistic Acclamations||No Greater Love (Michael Joncas)|
|Lamb of God||O Lamb of God (Berthier)|
|Communion||God beyond all names (Bernadette Farrell)|
|Final||Holy God, we praise thy name|
This is an 'all change' Sunday where we out aside settings for the Easter Season and move into Summer Ordinary Time. These settings will last us until September. It is one way of differentiating this succession of Solemnities we now have from Ascension to Corpus Christi. It is always heartening to see the assembly remember and sing Mass parts. The Jeanne Jugan Gloria is sung by the whole congregation throughout — I have a view that the congregation should have the opportunity to sing the whole text of the Gloria in at least one setting. For one week only the cantor sings the refrain first repeated by all.
The last time I sang the opening hymn was in Finland a few weeks ago, Pyhä, Pyhä, Pyhä, it is always interesting to see what hymns have travelled. I did wonder this morning if the text was originally written for hymn singing as the line lengths are not consistent from verse to verse - but apparently it was. It is based on Revelation 4. The final hymn is based on the Te Deum and there are versions which paraphrase the whole text. I am not sure whether it is unfamiliarity of these verses or the nature of the text of the Te Deum but I never feel I miss these missing verses.
Hymn of the Cherubim uses the Orthodox text for the preparation is a hymn to the Trinity. I inherited the piece from my time in Chichester and never found a composer. It has always been a choir favourite and produces a rich sonorous sound from simple resources.