Monday, February 25, 2013

2nd Sunday of Lent

24 February 2013

EntranceFor God so loved the world (mtgf)
Penitential RiteLenten (Bob Hurd)
Psalm 26The Lord is my light (mtgf)
Gospel AcclamationLenten (mtgf)
Preparation of GiftsO nata lux (Tallis)
Eucharistic AcclamationsMissa Ubi Caritas (Bob Hurd)
Lamb of GodMissa Ubi Caritas (Bob Hurd)
Communion AntiphonThis is my beloved Son (mtgf)
CommunionTransfigure us, O Lord (Bob Hurd)
FinalBe thou my vision

At the Evening Mass - where we did Nick Baty's Attende Domine as the seasonal entrance song, Be still for the presence, There is one thing by Chris O'Hara as the Communion Psalm and Christ be our light - the preacher wondered why we had the Transfiguration in Lent - perhaps to cheer us up. He may not have considered the Collect and Preface in his reflections as he may have found they helped.

I suspect that we have not yet fully taken on board the idea that Lent is about Baptism and Reconciliation rather than it is a Penitential season. At the simplest it is a season leading somewhere not just penitential for the sake of it. To be fair I am not sure how this is accommodated musically except by marking it as a season and paying attention to the word rather than just choosing penitential music. In Year C reconciliation is one of the strands of the Lectionary and so, hopefully, you will see that reflected in the coming weeks.

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