Sunday, November 25, 2012

Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

25 November 2012

EntranceRejoice the Lord is king
Penitential RiteSt Gabriel (mtgf)
GloriaAngels and Saints (Steven Janco)
Psalm 92Lord, you are king (Christopher Walker)
Gospel AcclamationSalisbury (Christopher Walker)
Preparation of GiftsChrist the glory (J F Lalouette)
Eucharistic AcclamationsCreation (Marty Haugen)
Lamb of GodAngels and Saints (Steven Janco)
Communion AntiphonThe Lord sits as king for ever (mtgf)
CommunionAve verum (Mozart)
FinalO worship the king

At one during Mass I though that some of the choices were inspired by misreadings. The final hymn was partly chosen to lead into the organ voluntary — a Kenneth Leighton fantasia on the melody. As Laudate uses the hymn to begin the section Praise of the Creator it may seem wrongly addressed but context made sense of it.

I commented before that we choose music according to various levels, most Sundays it is the scripture as the predominant guide. On feasts it can be our image of the day that dictates our choices. I noted that one of the available liturgy guides for the choices for a choir was heavily into Ascension fare. This maybe theologically astute but the images from the text of the Mass provided ideas. Indeed 2 out of the 3 years the Gospel is Passion-related. It was the image of truth from John's gospel which led me to Ave verum but I think it's passion imagery fitted well.

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