26 February 2012
|Entrance||For God so loved the world (mtgf)|
|Penitential Rite||Missa Ubi Caritas (Bob Hurd)|
|Psalm 24||Your ways, O Lord (mtgf)|
|Gospel Acclamation||Lenten (mtgf)|
|Preparation of Gifts||Miserere (Lotti)|
|Eucharistic Acclamations||Missa Ubi Caritas (Bob Hurd)|
|Lamb of God||Missa Ubi Caritas (Bob Hurd)|
|Communion||Out into the wilderness (Bob Hurd)|
|Final||Guide me, O thou great Redeemer ( )|
Lent always marks a complete change of music and the return of the familiar. Missa Ubi Caritas is another revised setting. Because of its chant character the changes seem mostly to slip in easily. We had not used the Lamb of God before. This is now the second ordinary we are singing complete. I am not sure whether this is about ease or quality. For the record we also began to use the Apostles' Creed today.
The opening chant is not new, I think it is now 4 years old, however I decided to change the verses. Before they had been a chorale-like with a different set of verses for each week reflecting the scriptures. Now a more lyrical melody and psalm verses. My thought is one psalm per year - to reflect the broad theme of the Lectionary: Initiation, Covenant, Repentance. We shall see how plan B works.
If I had thought beforehand I might have added some verses from Psalm 50 after the Miserere to lengthen it - it was a good idea too late. We are using the revised Grail Psalter for the responsorial psalms this Lent. Adapting pre-existing settings rather than starting anew. 1 week in and starting anew might be easier. What seems to be a hallmark of the version is that it adds in lines or extra accented clauses which break the regular rhythm. Today's setting was 'Gelineau-esque' but it was struggle to get all the words in at some points. A matter for Lenten reflection.