Sunday, May 16, 2010

Ascension of the Lord

16 May 2010

EntranceWorthy are you, O Lord (mtgf)
Penitential RiteSt Gabriel (mtgf)
GloriaGlory to God (Berthier)
Psalm 46Our God goes up (mtgf)
Gospel AcclamationCeltic (O'Carroll/Walker)
Preparation of GiftsChrist the Glory (Lalouette)
Eucharistic AcclamationsGathering (Paul Inwood)
Lamb of GodO Lamb of God (Berthier)
CommunionCall us to your table (Christopher Walker)
FinalAlleluia, sing to Jesus (Dix/Pritchard)

'when the forty days were o'er' &mdash I had not appreciated until reading a post on the PrayTell blog that Luke's Gospel account of the Ascension occurs on the Easter Sunday evening. It perhaps highlights one of the challenges of a Lectionary that jumps from place and not having a regard for the continuity of the gospel narrative.

The musical choices were less about narrative than about the risen, glorious, ascended Christ. The opening song is a setting of Revelation 4 - a canticle at Evening Prayer - I had meant to do it at some point this Easter Season so that we sung some revelation as well as heard it. Circumstances meant we used it on the one Sunday when we did not hear from Revelation but the refrain Worthy are you, O Lord, to receive wisdom and glory and blessings. I hope set the tone for the celebration. It is a piece that does not get out that much, though I am fond of it, it was written for a celebration of Evening Prayer in Oscott to mark the 150th anniversary of the Bishops' Conference in 2000.

Today's second reading was Ephesians and we used the verses from Ephesians for Call us to your table — all creation find fulfilment in the ascended Christ.

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