26 August 2012
|Entrance||Firmly I believe|
|Penitential Rite||At the Table of the Lord (Collegeville Composers Group)|
|Gloria||At the Table of the Lord (Collegeville Composers Group)|
|Psalm 33||Taste and see (Stephen Dean)|
|Preparation of Gifts||How can I repay (mtgf)|
|Eucharistic Acclamations||Missal (ICEL)|
|Lamb of God||Lamb of God 9 (mtgf)|
|Communion Antiphon||Whoever eats my flesh (mtgf)|
|Communion||One in body (Christopher Walker)|
|Final||Alleluia, sing to Jesus|
We might have begun with Bernadette Farrell's Your words are spirit but we had a more credal statement. I could not think of a setting of Lord, to who shall we go or at least one that would work for us - but that might have been a stronger beginning.
I have been happier with this 'mini-season' this year, more so than in the past. One factor was the use of the Communion Antiphon, which echoed the gospel and provided a musical connecting thread over the weeks. I am not sure how well it was picked up, this stills seems to me to be the musical challenge to a liturgical sensibility. This week I wanted a sense of summation and thought Psalm 115 might provide a suitable text. I had originally considered Stephen Dean's setting but as we are unaccompanied at the moment it's chromatic wanderings were perhaps a little risky. I wrote a close harmony setting which I think we may use again.
This sense of a conclusion was behind using both the Walker at Communion and final hymn.