30 March 2014
|Entrance||For God so loved the world (mtgf)|
|Penitential Rite||Missa Ubi Caritas (Bob Hurd)|
|Psalm 22||The Lord is my shepherd (mtgf)|
|Gospel Acclamation||Lenten (mtgf)|
|Preparation of Gifts||My shepherd will supply (Virgil Thomson)|
|Eucharistic Acclamations||Missa Ubi Caritas (Bob Hurd)|
|Lamb of God||Missa Ubi Caritas (Bob Hurd)|
|Communion Antiphon||The Lord anointed my eyes (mtgf)|
|Communion||Song of the Man born blind (Bob Hurd)|
|Final||I heard the voice of Jesus say|
A little Americana this morning. Bob Hurd's Song of the Man born blind is a little C&W. we sing it in 3 part close harmony. As with other sings from the collection A lenten Journey it combines images from the gospel with the other readings - in particular the Good Shepherd. The Virgil Thomson is an arrangement of a Southern American hymn tune (Resignation I think) with words by Isaac Watts - a paraphrase of Psalm 22 (23).
Until I checked I thought that Horatius Bonar was also American, an Episcopalian I thought. But he was Scottish and a minister of the Free Presbyterian Church. Though the (different) Church of Scotland has now adopted the Revised Common Lectionary I am not sure what was used previously whether a variant of the old Roman Lectionary (used in Tridentine Missal & BCP) or whether there was greater latitude. Anyway the point of this is that the readings we can see as central to Lent on the 3rd, 4th and 5th Sundays in Year A from John's Gospel were not used. So the connection of I heard the voice of Jesus say to the Samaritan Woman and the Man born blind is probably a happy coincidence. A number of years ago I wrote 4th verse for the raising of Lazarus and the 5th Sunday which is now available here.