25 December 2013
|Entrance||Once in royal David's city|
|Penitential Rite||St Gabriel (mtgf)|
|Gloria||Christmas (Paul Gibson)|
|Psalm 97||All the ends of the earth (mtgf)|
|Gospel Acclamation||Salisbury Alleluia (Christopher Walker)|
|Preparation of Gifts||()|
|Eucharistic Acclamations||Creation (Marty Haugen)|
|Lamb of God||Christmas (mtgf)|
|Communion Antiphon||All the ends of the earth (mtgf)|
|Communion||Away in a manger ()|
|Final||O little town|
The lack of comment for some of the last Masses is because I have been away with friends in SE Asia. This was planned over a year ago - it is good to be in a position where you can leave the music in the hands of sensible and competent musicians. So the list represents what was planned but may not been what has been delivered.
The English Mass in the Cathedral this morning was full. Midnight Mass was in Thai with an English language booklet (and the opening hymn was 'O holy night' - perhaps the remains of the French influence). There was a choir, psalmist and keyboard who all did a good job. There was a commentator to tell us where to stand and sit (I quite like standing for the processions of gifts, including candles and flowers, it made a connection between the gifts and ourselves. I was less sure about standing for the Doxology.) The hymn book was Gather Combined 2004 together with a booklet. You can set aside Credo III and Pater Noster in the English-speaking world and replace them with Haugen and Schutte. Some of the compositions were no doubt home grown: the Lord's Prayer - I was reminded about the old argument of not singing the Lord's Prayer where it may exclude rather than include. On the whole I was struck by how well they catered for what must a sizeably different polyglot congregation week-in, week-out.