Sunday, December 5, 2010

2nd Sunday of Advent

5 December 2010

EntranceLonging, trusting (mtgf)
Penitential RiteOrbis Factor
Psalm 71In his days (mtgf)
Gospel AcclamationSalisbury (Christopher Walker)
Preparation of GiftsO comfort my people (arr. mtgf)
Eucharistic AcclamationsMass of Creation (Marty Haugen)
Lamb of GodAdvent (mtgf)
CommunionRorate caeli
FinalBenedictus (Alstott/Farrell)

Advent is a time of preparation.This morning reminded that preparation has a number of layers. There is what you prepare to sing and what becomes impossible when circumstances change — so no accompaniment and fewer singers. Then there is the preparation that is longer term. This is analogous to those recipes beloved of cookery writers - the store cupboard standby.

Being unaccompanied means that you can hear the congregation sing. So whatever my worries about the Kyrie last week there was no confusion evident this week. In a similar way I was not sure how well the final hymn would work - though we have sung it in Advent for the last few years, but the congregation sang out. A reminder once again that pieces can be remembered from year to year.

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