Sunday, January 25, 2015

3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

25 January 2015

EntranceO changeless Christ
Penitential RiteSt Gabriel (mtgf)
GloriaNewman (James MacMillan)
Psalm 24Lord, make me know your ways. (mtgf)
Gospel AcclamationAlleluia Beati (Christopher Walker)
Preparation of GiftsLord, you have come to the seashore (Gabarain)
Eucharistic AcclamationsSt Annes (James MacMillan)
Lamb of GodNewman (James MacMillan)
Communion AntiphonI am the light (mtgf)
CommunionLead me, Lord (SS Wesley)
FinalHe who would valiant be

Two weeks of calling the disciples. One difference is that we now with Mark and in Galilee - the place the first hymn picked up. My impression is that Mark is a less attractive gospel to hymn writers that the others (order of popularity John, Luke, Matthew, Mark?). A hymn which uses 'The time is fulfilled' text would be a useful addition.

After last week's extravagance this week's psalm was simpler. It (and next week) is part of a project setting the Common Psalms and other related psalms. So Psalm 24 is used as a Common Psalm in Advent with the response To you, O Lord; on this Sunday there are a different set of verses from the psalm and a difference response Lord, make me know your ways. For ease the same psalm tone is used. One particular feature of the setting is a short interlude after the verse before the response which provides a little space and is also intend so that when it is accompanied by guitars they can get back into the pulse.

The psalm response led to the choice of Wesley's simple anthem Lead me, Lord.

2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

18 January 2015

EntranceWill you come and follow me
Penitential RiteSt Gabriel (mtgf)
GloriaNewman (James MacMillan)
Psalm 39Here I am, Lord (mtgf)
Gospel AcclamationAlleluia Beati (Christopher Walker)
Preparation of GiftsI'll love the Lord (John Bell)
Eucharistic AcclamationsSt Annes (James MacMillan)
Lamb of GodNewman (James MacMillan)
Communion Antiphon You have prepared a table (mtgf)
CommunionBehold the Lamb of God (Martin Willett)
FinalForth in the peace

So Mass Settings for Ordinary Time. This is our third year of using the MacMillan settings - it is hard to tell if the congregation has taken to them. Unlike other settings we have stuck with one Memorial Acclamation (When we eat) as I find the word underlay more awkward in the other two.

The psalm setting was a possible indulgence - one I wrote some 26 years ago and I was more harmonically adventurous then. I have used the melody of the response, which I think has a pleasing symmetry, in subsequent settings. In this setting the response text is split, so first 'Here I am, Lord' and then in response to the 3rd verse 'I come to do your will' before coming together at the end.

It is strange, in some ways, that one thinks of many hymns as more suited to one part of Mass than another. Will you come and follow me we usually use at the end of Mass - possibly as though being at Mass was not about following.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

The Baptism of the Lord

11 January 2015

EntranceWe shall draw water
Penitential RiteSt Gabriel (mtgf)
Gloria[Christmas (Paul Gibson)]
Isaiah 12With joy you will draw water (mtgf)
Gospel AcclamationSalisbury Alleluia (Christopher Walker)
Preparation of GiftsThere is one Lord (Owen Alstott)
Eucharistic AcclamationsCreation (Marty Haugen)
Lamb of GodChristmas (mtgf)
Communion AntiphonBehold the One (mtgf)
CommunionSicut cervus (Palestrina)
FinalBlest be the Lord, the God of Israel

Last week our deacon had confidently preached that Christmas ends at the Epiphany apart from suggesting afterwards that the liturgical books suggest otherwise I thought I ought to follow my own advice and keep our Christmas settings for this Sunday as well. In the past we have begun our Ordinary Time music this week. I was interested to see if there would be any reaction from the congregation. In the end I don't know as the presider went straight from the end of the Penitential Act to the Collect. I am not sure he ever realised.

The psalm response was another example where the music in the leaflet avoided complexity and did not include the time signatures as the setting oscillates between 7/8 and 4/4.

Using the Benedictus at the end made a connection back to Advent to round the season off.

The Epiphany of the Lord

4 January 2015

EntranceBethlehem of noblest cities
Penitential RiteSt Gabriel (mtgf)
GloriaChristmas (Paul Gibson)
Psalm 71O Lord, all the earth (mtgf)
Gospel AcclamationSalisbury Alleluia (Christopher Walker)
Preparation of GiftsWhat shall we give (Catalan arr. Dean)
Eucharistic AcclamationsCreation (Marty Haugen)
Lamb of GodChristmas (mtgf)
Communion AntiphonWe have seen his star (mtgf)
CommunionThe Three Kings (Cornelius)
FinalWe three Kings

In previous years, and you can check, we have begun the Epiphany with 'We 3 kings' and ended with 'The first Nowell'. This year we made a change and began with Bethlehem of noblest cities'. For me, at least, there is a tension between wanting to have our fill of carols and awareness a number of the Epiphany hymns giving perhaps a more theological view of the feast. Though I know some don't like 'We three kings' I think it is a good original carol and suspect that its verse have informed people of an interpretation of the Epiphany story. [I was intrigued to hear of some US parishes omitting the 4th verse as it is too sad - this may be an urban myth.]

In the event the opening hymn was just that - and I think what I am partly looking for is the character brings - and gives to the season - this is not Ordinary Time. We three kings did not feel right at the end either - a case of 'we already know this why are you telling us again?'? My thought for next year is the kings at the beginning and a hymn at the end but something uplifting. As Wie schön leeches die Morgenstern is not in the hymnbook 'Songs of thankfulness and praise' but as I suspect the tune is not known perhaps to King Divine?

I have been working on the Common Psalms recently. A Common Psalm is provided for Epiphany in addition to Christmas, presumably to show a shift in the season. (Though the Christmas response All the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God. would also be appropriate.) What I found interesting, and I suspect is no more than different working groups on the Lectionary, is that for the Epiphany the psalm verses are the same but the response is longer and I think is slightly better — Before you all kings shall fall prostrate, all nations shall serve you.