27 October 2013
|Entrance||Dear Lord and Father of Mankind|
|Penitential Rite||St Gabriel (mtgf)|
|Gloria||Angels and Saints (Steven Janco)|
|Psalm 33||This poor man called (mtgf)|
|Gospel Acclamation||Salisbury Alleluia (Christopher Walker)|
|Preparation of Gifts||Remember, remember (Paul Inwood)|
|Eucharistic Acclamations||Creation (Marty Haugen)|
|Lamb of God||Angels and Saints (Steven Janco)|
|Communion Antiphon||We will ring out our joy (mtgf)|
|Communion||The cry of the poor (John Foley)|
|Final||Praise we our God with joy|
It is always a slight worry when the celebrant announces at the beginning of Mass that the focus of the readings is 'prayer' and the quick mental thought does what we are singing reflect this. Yes, for the most part. I had planned some other music which did need a full group but as there was not possible this morning other things were sung in place. We turned to the psalms: Psalm 24 and 33 respectively. The Cry of the Poor repeated the responsorial psalm but it is also the 'classic' Communion psalm.
We had a brief discussion before Mass about how some pieces we might once have been enthusiastic about do not gain 'classic' status. I am aware that this is a minefield and there is a connection between classic and personal preference. One definition of a classic is something which can be re-interpreted. I would suggest: open to a number uses in the liturgy and capable of being sung/performed in a variety of ways. (I can already think of all the exceptions.) For example, The Cry of the Poor works well unaccompanied or with a single guitar or etc.