Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Holy Family of Jesus, Mary & Joseph

28 December 2014

EntranceSee amid the winter's snow
Penitential RiteSt Gabriel (mtgf)
GloriaChristmas (Paul Gibson)
Psalm 104He, the Lord, is our God (mtgf)
Gospel AcclamationSalisbury Alleluia (Christopher Walker)
Preparation of GiftsCarol at Bethlehem Cave (Spanish arr. Walker)
Eucharistic AcclamationsCreation (Marty Haugen)
Lamb of GodChristmas (mtgf)
Communion AntiphonOur God has appeared (mtgf)
CommunionMary ponder in your heart (Christopher Walker)
FinalUnto 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.

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