29 September 2013
|Entrance||Gather us in|
|Penitential Rite||St Gabriel (mtgf)|
|Gloria||Angels and Saints (Steven Janco)|
|Psalm 145||My soul give praise to the Lord (mtgf)|
|Gospel Acclamation||Salisbury Alleluia (Christopher Walker)|
|Preparation of Gifts||A touching place (John Bell)|
|Eucharistic Acclamations||Creation (Marty Haugen)|
|Lamb of God||Angels and Saints (Steven Janco)|
|Communion Antiphon||By this we came to know the love of God (mtgf)|
|Communion||What does the Lord require (mtgf)|
|Final||The kingdom of God|
Almost 30 years ago when Gather us in was new I remember a member of the congregation saying how much she liked it because of the line 'we are the old who long for your face' and that it was good to feel included. What I find surprising looking back is realising the person would probably have been in their 50s. It easy to knock what some would see as a sentimental, emotional response to liturgy but that need to see oneself as potentially redeemed is important. Today Gather us in was intended to gather in both rich and poor — Dives and Lazarus.
It stuck me that if one of the purposes of music is to make connections we could have sung In Paradisum today — et cum Lazaro but the music has a subject: 'you' and so would not make out of context.
I did briefly wonder about a hymn text that could be sung to Kingsfold or as it is know in ENglish folk song circles Dives and Lazarus. I suspect more people may have wondered why we were singing The Star of County Down.