Sunday, October 27, 2013

30th Sunday in Ordinary Time

27 October 2013

EntranceDear Lord and Father of Mankind
Penitential RiteSt Gabriel (mtgf)
GloriaAngels and Saints (Steven Janco)
Psalm 33This poor man called (mtgf)
Gospel AcclamationSalisbury Alleluia (Christopher Walker)
Preparation of GiftsRemember, remember (Paul Inwood)
Eucharistic AcclamationsCreation (Marty Haugen)
Lamb of GodAngels and Saints (Steven Janco)
Communion AntiphonWe will ring out our joy (mtgf)
CommunionThe cry of the poor (John Foley)
FinalPraise 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.

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