28 December 2014
|Entrance||See amid the winter's snow|
|Penitential Rite||St Gabriel (mtgf)|
|Gloria||Christmas (Paul Gibson)|
|Psalm 104||He, the Lord, is our God (mtgf)|
|Gospel Acclamation||Salisbury Alleluia (Christopher Walker)|
|Preparation of Gifts||Carol at Bethlehem Cave (Spanish arr. Walker)|
|Eucharistic Acclamations||Creation (Marty Haugen)|
|Lamb of God||Christmas (mtgf)|
|Communion Antiphon||Our God has appeared (mtgf)|
|Communion||Mary ponder in your heart (Christopher Walker)|
|Final||Unto us is born a Son|
It can a simple, and possibly even obvious, thought which enlightens a feast for you but Living Eucharist noting that the Gospel was partly about the Holy Family gathering with older people. We used the optional readings for Year B and that idea ran through the other readings too with the reference to Abraham and Sarah.
Psalm 104 is not otherwise used on a Sunday. The response I wrote went from 4/4 to ¾ - I always slightly worry that this is my mistake but no that is how it naturally sounded. Picking a point from Christmas night in the congregation's leaflet I left the time signatures out of the music. My suspicion is that elements such as changing time signatures make the music look 'complicated' and therefore effect the congregation's response. I would argue that including the music encourages or at least reminds people to sing and some (many?) may be familiar with basic musical notation. I suppose it is this idea of 'basic musical notation' that suggest not making things appear to complex, such as omitting time signatures or empty bars at the end of a response. The purpose is to give people the necessary information to sing which may not mean a faithful representation of the musical score.