5 December 2010
|Entrance||Longing, trusting (mtgf)|
|Penitential Rite||Orbis Factor|
|Psalm 71||In his days (mtgf)|
|Gospel Acclamation||Salisbury (Christopher Walker)|
|Preparation of Gifts||O comfort my people (arr. mtgf)|
|Eucharistic Acclamations||Mass of Creation (Marty Haugen)|
|Lamb of God||Advent (mtgf)|
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.