6 November 2011
|Entrance||Awake, awake fling off the night|
|Penitential Rite||St Gabriels (mtgf)|
|Gloria||Mass of the Angels and Saints (Steven Janco)|
|Psalm 62||For you my soul (mtgf)|
|Gospel Acclamation||Salisbury (Christopher Walker)|
|Preparation of Gifts||How far is the night? (Huijbers)|
|Eucharistic Acclamations||Creation (Marty Haugen)|
|Lamb of God||Lamb of God 6 (mtgf)|
|Communion||As the deer longs (Bob Hurd)|
Today's Gospel says Advent is close — in some ways it has already begun. We had 3 Baptisms today so I was pleased how the themes of the liturgy also spoke of baptism. The opening hymn we have not sung for at least 10 years, I think, not with our current hymnbook at least. I like both text and tune - but in the scheme of things there was time to learn the melody so we sang it to WInchester New instead - it fitted quite well and added a further baptismal resonance - the only slight problem was that in wishing to make the hymn inclusive 'men renewed' had become 'people renewed' adding an extra syllable - 'folk' or 'ones' - depending on your level of demotic? As the deer longs both picked up the idea of thirsting for God and had water imagery.
I am fond of 'How far is the night?' a simple idea, well executed - would have even better if we had 6 parts.
Today we began a new Gloria. It is intended that it will be a common setting which we will use on the College Feast Day. It is new to use — but it is a rewritten setting, however, the joins are not obvious to us.
It was interesting today that we had the baptismal parties at the front of Church many of whom may not have been wholly au fait with the new translation and one might have expected this to have 'upset' the local congregation who were further back — but the responses came back good and clear.