10 December 2014
|Entrance||The Angel Gabriel|
|Penitential Rite||St Gabriel (mtgf)|
|Gloria||Angels and Saints (Steven Janco)|
|Psalm 97||Sing a new song (mtgf)|
|Gospel Acclamation||Salisbury Alleluia (Christopher Walker)|
|Preparation of Gifts||Ave maris stella (Elgar)|
|Eucharistic Acclamations||Creation (Marty Haugen)|
|Lamb of God||Angels and Saints (Steven Janco)|
|Communion||Verbum caro (Richards Dubra)|
|Final||Tell out my soul|
Our Feast day was transferred as the Principal Celebrant, +Richard Moth, was in Salford on Monday.
We have not sung Elgar's setting of Ave maris stella for a number of years. (Our University motto is drawn from the text Monstra te esse matrem — it has always struck me as a slightly odd motto for what was founded as a male institution.) I was far more impressed by Elgar's setting this time especially the unison entries of the other parts as a soft interjection during the soprano and alto verses. The Dubra piece was new to us. It is similar to O Crux Ave in being simple homophony but here more an accompanied Soprano melody. It is part of a larger cantata and it struck me as self-consciously lovely by which I mean it was written to sound lovely - this is not criticism as the piece achieves its aim.