25 December 2011
|Entrance||Once in royal David's city|
|Penitential Rite||St Gabriels (mtgf)|
|Gloria||Christmas Gloria (Paul Gibson)|
|Psalm 97||All the ends (mtgf)|
|Gospel Acclamation||Salisbury (Christopher Walker)|
|Preparation of Gifts||Carol at Bethlehem Cave (Spanish arr. Walker)|
|Eucharistic Acclamations||Creation (Marty Haugen)|
|Lamb of God||Christmas (Ebeling arr. mtgf)|
|Away in a manger|
|Final||O little town of Bethlehem|
For Christmas morning we usually have reduced forces - the Sunday A-Team - and Mass which always feels as though in contrast to Mass during the night is quieter and more reflective. I suspect that is the reflection of someone who attends both and for many people this is their Christmas Mass. Indeed the chapel was full for both. As I may have commented before we are not a very child oriented congregation - this does not mean that there are not any children just there is no particular provision for them. I think, to be shocking to many, this, though it isn't a deliberate standpoint, has an element of truth in it. That was a long preamble to saying that 'Away in a manger' is intended as child-friendly.
A passing though about homilies and rhetoric. It can be a useful device to paint the negative images so that you can than illuminate with the positive but if the imagination of the congregation gets stuck on the negative the device has failed.