Sunday, May 20, 2012

The Ascension of the Lord

20 May 2012

EntrancePraise him as he mounts the skies
GloriaMass of Wisdom (Steven Janco)
Psalm 46Our God goes up (mtgf)
Gospel AcclamationCeltic (O'Carroll/Walker)
Preparation of GiftsOne is the Body (John Bell)
Eucharistic AcclamationsMass of Wisdom (Steven Janco)
Lamb of GodMass of Wisdom (Steven Janco)
CommunionChrist the Glory (Lalouette)
Alleluia hymn (Orthodox/mtgf)
FinalLord, you give the great commission

There was a large congregation at Mass this morning - partly baptism party, partly because the evening Mass has finished. A direct effect of this was that we need a second piece at Communion. I had considered the Alleluia Hymn as alternative item this morning so I could reach across the piano top for the music - even so we managed 8 verses.

Praise him as he mounts the skies is James Quinn's alternative text to Hail the day that sees him rise. As an aside I always think that Llanfair, the hymn tune is a little bit 'could do better'. The Quinn text brings out the eschatological dimension of the feast and that together with the reference to Christ the head and the body in the collect made me wonder how theologically sophisticated we expect congregations to be? Is today just about celebrating Jesus ascending to heaven after Easter as an event or more than that. (It seems to me that if it is primarily about event you would be less than happy about the transference to a Sunday.)

THe last hymn was the same as last year and once again we sang it to Ode to Joy (another weak hymn tune?) for the same reasons.

One thing where I think we currently weak is how does this Sunday (and next etc.) stand out as a 'full solemnity'. To be worked upon I suspect.

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