7 February 2016
|Entrance||Holy, Holy, Holy|
|Penitential Rite||Misericordiae Vultus (mtgf)|
|Gloria||Newman (James MacMillan)|
|Psalm 137||Before the angels (mtgf)|
|Gospel Acclamation||Alleluia Beati (Christopher Walker)|
|Preparation of Gifts||Lord, you have come to the lakeside (Gabardine)|
|Eucharistic Acclamations||Bede (mtgf)|
|Lamb of God||Newman (James MacMillan)|
|Communion Antiphon||Let them thank (mtgf)|
|Communion||Blessed are you poor (John Bell)|
|Final||Holy is God (Paul Inwood)|
The next time we hear Luke's Gospel on a Sunday in Ordinary Time will be on the 10th Sunday in June and we will have reached chapter 7. We sang Luke's Beatitudes at Communion — it was intended as a filler what we will miss. It had suggested itself while looking for some other music.
In a similar way Holy is God struck me a number of weeks ago. Apart from being one of those songs (such as Out of Darkness) we have not used for a long time (actually I don't think we ever have) it would also make a suitable farewell to the Alleluia. As I looked at the text I realised that it was a good choice for this morning's readings. As it was unknown I did briefly rehearse before Mass. There is a view that people will sing better if you inform them why we are singing something. So in addition to the Alleluia I noted that it picked up the 'Holy' of the first reading and the 'proclamation' of the Gospel. Unless the choir were making a lot of noise people seemed to pick it up and try it - it is also a good piece.