Sunday, November 10, 2013

32nd Sunday on Ordinary Time

Remembrance Sunday

10 November 2013

EntranceEternal rest
GloriaAngels and Saints (Steven Janco)
Psalm 16I shall be filled (mtgf)
Gospel AcclamationSalisbury Alleluia (Christopher Walker)
Preparation of GiftsI am the Resurrection (Croft)
I know that my Redeemer liveth (Croft)
Thou knowest, Lord (Purcell)
Eucharistic AcclamationsCreation (Marty Haugen)
Lamb of GodAngels and Saints (Steven Janco)
Communion AntiphonThe Lord is my shepherd (mtgf)
CommunionLux aeterna (Mozart)
FinalThine be the glory

This morning we were joined by members of the College Choir and we sang part of Mozart's Requiem - which we are preparing for the Church Colleges Choirs festival. At the Preparation of Gifts we sang a short sequence of piece. The first two parts of William Croft's Burial service which led in to Purcell's setting from his Funeral Music for Queen Mary. Croft does not set these words but indicated that Purcell's version should be sung. The readings of the day fitted well with Remembrance — or at least, to be slightly controversial, a Christian response to remembrance which is faith in the resurrection. That inspired the choice of the settings by Croft and the final hymn. Someone suggested to me afterwards that in the protestant settings there is no prayer for the dead but thinking about it proclamation of the resurrection maybe comes first. That is not deny the need for prayer for the dead as we did, musically, at both the beginning and at Communion

From last week we have been singing the third Memorial Acclamation - Save, us, Saviour. I may have mentioned this before but one of my bugbears is publishers (etc.) who don't know the difference between 6/4 and 3/2 — the first sung bar has the accents on 1st, 3rd and 5th notes and there is in 3/2. I also suspect it would flow better if the next bar was 4/4 not 3/4.

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