29 May 2011
|Entrance||Spirit of truth and grace|
|Gloria||Glory to God (Berthier)|
|Psalm 65||Ring out your joy (mtgf)|
|Gospel Acclamation||Celtic (O'Carroll/Walker)|
|Preparation of Gifts||Ubi caritas (Bob Hurd)|
|Eucharistic Acclamations||Gathering (Paul Inwood)|
|Lamb of God||(Berthier)|
|Communion||Live on in my love (Collegeville Composers' Group)|
|Final||Christ is alive|
Spirit and love. The opening hymn is sung to Down Ampney and so brings a resonance of Come down, O love divine. The reading speak of the gift of the spirit and as we had a baptism this seemed an appropriate choice. The images in the final hymn were also linked with baptism.
The choir parts in the Gathering Mass are more akin, I think, to instrumental parts in that they do not support the melody but add a further dimension. It also means that we leave the congregation to 'get on with' their own part unsupported by the choir - which they seem manage quite happily.
Vulpius — the hymn tune of the final hymn seems to me one of those hymns sung differently across the denominational divide: Alleluia - first bar 3 crotchets or minim-crotchet. I prefer the 3 crotchets as it gives it more of a rhythmic kick.