22 June 2014
|Entrance||We come as guests invited.|
|Penitential Rite||At the table of the Lord (Collegeville)|
|Gloria||At the table of the Lord (Collegeville)|
|Psalm 147||O praise the Lord (mtgf)|
|Preparation of Gifts||Love bade me welcome (Vaughan Williams)|
|Lamb of God||Nores (mtgf)|
|Communion Antiphon||Whoever eats my flesh (mtgf)|
|Communion||Come, Christ's beloved (mtgf)|
|Final||Alleluia, sing to Jesus|
O sacrum convivium was in the background today. Towards the end of Vaughan Williams' setting of Herbert's poem the choir enter softly with the chant — so I did sit and eat. If I remember correctly the chant is also used towards the end of Elgar's The Kingdom which is written just a few year's before the Five Mystical Songs. The chant is also used for the melody of the refrain of my setting of Come, Christ's beloved.
For the antiphon, for a change, the verses were taken from Wisdom — you gave your people the food of angels — one appreciates the Grail psalter in its absence. The length of the lines meant it felt as though we were singing anything, possibly a weather report. Indeed, a good consequence of our regular chanting in parts was that we pause for the sense instinctively together. So lesson is, yes it is good to vary the verse text but make sure it is singable.