Monday, April 22, 2019

Easter Sunday - Day

21 April 2019

Entrance Jesus Christ is risen today
Penitential Rite Lux et origo (mtgf)
Gloria Mass of Wisdom (Steven Janco)
Psalm 117 This day was made (mtgf)
Sequence/Gospel Acclamation Victimae Paschali (mtgf)
Preparation of Gifts Exsultate Iusti (Viadana)
Eucharistic Acclamations Mass of Wisdom (Steven Janco)
Lamb of God Lux et origo (mtgf)
Communion Antiphon Christ our passsover (mtgf)
Communion Now we remain (David Haas)
Final Thine be the glory

Easter Sunday - Vigil

20 April 2019

ProcessionMissal
ExsultetMissal
Psalm 103Send forth your spirit (mtgf)
Psalm 15Preserve me, God (Christopher Walker)
Exodus 15I will sing to the Lord (mtgf)
Psalm 29I will praise you, Lord (Paul Inwood)
Psalm 41Like the deer (mtgf)
GloriaWisdom (Steven Janco)
Gospel AcclamationCeltic Alleluia (O'Carroll/Walker)
Baptismal LiturgySprings of water (mtgf)
Preparation of GiftsWhat wondrous love (Southern Harmony arr. Haugen)
Eucharistic AcclamationsWisdom (Steven Janco)
Lamb of GodLux et origo (mtgf)
Communion AntiphonChrist our Passover
Communion As the deer longs (Palestrina/Bridge)
FinalThis joyful Eastertide

I quite like the Brechtian effect of our liturgical preparation. This is not a liturgy or a Triduum of surprises but one where the mechanics can be seen.

Good Friday

19 April 2019

Psalm 30 Father, into your hands (mtgf)
Gospel Acclamation Lenten (mtgf)
Adoration of the Cross Reproaches (Peter Jones)
Calvarie Mass (Tallis arr. Wood)
Communion O Crux ave (Rihards Dubra)
When I survey the wondrous cross

This year we were 4 singers, our accompanist and 2 violins for the Triduum. Though a number of moments on this liturgy were unaccompanied.

Maundy Thursday

18 April 2019

Entrance For God so loved the world (mtgf)
Penitential Rite Missa Ubi Caritas (Bob Hurd)
Gloria Mass of Wisdom (Steve Janco)
Psalm 15 The blessing cup (mtgf)
Gospel Acclamation Lenten (mtgf)
Washing of the feet Faith, hope and love (Christopher Walker)
Preparation of Gifts I give to you a new commandment (Peter Nardone)
Eucharistic Acclamations Missa Ubi Caritas (Bob Hurd)
Lamb of God Missa Ubi Caritas (Bob Hurd)
Communion Antiphon This is my body (mtgf)
Communion Take and eat (Michael Joncas)
Procession Pange lingua (Ricky Manalo)
Watching Tantum ergo (chant)
Stay with me (Taizé)

After singing it through this Lent and previous I wonder whether the congregation has 'caught' the Eucharistic Acclamations from Missa Ubi Caritas. If I were rationalise this - or at least guess - I would suggest that unaccompanied with attempted harmonies may not be that clear. I also have a theory that a congregation latches on to a key voice which when it sings another part diverts the attention. A further issues us about how it starts. Though not in the current published score the Sanctus presumes a sung preface. In its absence how does the congregation know when and where to come in without a played introduction. About the 4th Sunday I start singing an intonation - which then threw the singers and added another Sanctus. What I like about the setting is the contrast of the simplicity of the melody and the interest of the harmony. So maybe something different next year.

Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord

14 April 2019

Antiphon Hosanna to the Son of David (mtgf)
Entrance Hosanna (Paul Inwood) + Ps 23 verses
Psalm 21 My God, my God (mtgf)
Gospel Acclamation Lenten (mtgf)
Preparation of Gifts Ours were the griefs (Stephen Dean)
Eucharistic Acclamations Missa Ubi Caritas (Bob Hurd)
Lamb of God Missa Ubi Caritas (Bob Hurd)
Communion Father, if this cup (Stephen Dean)
Final My song is love unknown

Saturday, April 20, 2019

5th Sunday of Lent

7 April

Entrance For God so loved the world (mtgf)
Penitential Rite Missa Ubi Caritas (Bob Hurd)
Psalm 125 What marvels (mtgf)
Gospel Acclamation Lenten (mtgf)
Preparation of Gifts The love of the Lord (Michael Joncas)
Eucharistic Acclamations Missa Ubi Caritas (Bob Hurd)
Lamb of God Missa Ubi Caritas (Bob Hurd)
Communion Antiphon HAs no one (mtgf)
Communion Remember not (Bob Hurd)
Final There's a wideness

4th Sunday of Lent

31 March 2019

Entrance For God so loved the world (mtgf)
Penitential Rite Missa Ubi Caritas (Bob Hurd)
Psalm 33 Taste and see (Stephen Dean)
Gospel Acclamation Lenten (mtgf)
Preparation of Gifts Your love is finer (Marty Haugen)
Eucharistic Acclamations Missa Ubi Caritas (Bob Hurd)
Lamb of God Missa Ubi Caritas (Bob Hurd)
Communion Antiphon You must rejoice (mtgf)
Communion You are mine (David Haas)
Final Praise now our God with joy

The choice of psalm and responses on the Sundays of Lent always strike me as initially odd. Today you might think you would get in the light of the gospel one of the great penitential psalms. When the gospel of the prodigal son reappears later in the year it is paired with Psalm 50 (51). Taste and see? It suggests a more eucharistic understanding of the story which is also present in the first reading.

3rd Sunday of Lent

24 March 2019

Entrance For God so loved the world (mtgf)
Penitential Rite Missa Ubi Caritas (Bob Hurd)
Psalm 102 (mtgf)
Gospel Acclamation Lenten (mtgf)
Preparation of Gifts Give me a new heart (Christopher Walker)
Eucharistic Acclamations Missa Ubi Caritas (Bob Hurd)
Lamb of God Missa Ubi Caritas (Bob Hurd)
Communion Antiphon The sparrow (mtgf)
Communion Be still for the presence
Final Praise my soul

2nd Sunday of Lent

17 March 2019

Entrance For God so loved the world (mtgf)
Penitential Rite Missa Ubi Caritas (Bob Hurd)
Psalm 26 (mtgf)
Gospel Acclamation Lenten (mtgf)
Preparation of Gifts Christ our peace (Marty Haugen)
Eucharistic Acclamations Missa Ubi Caritas (Bob Hurd)
Lamb of God Missa Ubi Caritas (Bob Hurd)
Communion Antiphon This is my beloved (mtgf)
Communion Transfigure us, O Lord (Bob Hurd)
Final Be thou, my vision

1st Sunday of Lent

10 March 2019

Entrance For God so loved the world (mtgf)
Penitential Rite Missa Ubi Caritas (Bob Hurd)
Psalm 91 Be with me (mtgf)
Gospel Acclamation Lenten (mtgf)
Preparation of Gifts Be with me (Marty Haugen)
Eucharistic Acclamations Missa Ubi Caritas (Bob Hurd)
Lamb of God Missa Ubi Caritas (Bob Hurd)
Communion Antiphon One does not (mtgf)
Communion Out into the wilderness (Bob Hurd)
Final Guide me, ) thou great Redeemer

8th Sunday in Ordinary Time

3 March 2019

Entrance Breathe on me, breath of God
Penitential Rite Winter (mtgf)
Gloria Newman (James MacMillan)
Psalm 91 It is good to give thanks (mtgf)
Gospel Acclamation Alleluia Beati (Christopher Walker)
Preparation of Gifts O God, you search me (Bernadette Farrell)
Eucharistic Acclamations Bede (mtgf)
Lamb of God Newman (James MacMillan)
Communion Antiphon To you I call (mtgf)
Communion ()
Final All creatures of our God and king

The University Choir was away this weekend at annual Cathedrals Group Choirs' Festival, this year in Liverpool. So just cantor at Mass.

Sunday, February 24, 2019

7th Sunday in Ordinary Time

24 February 2019

Entrance Where charity and love prevail
Penitential Rite Winter (mtgf)
Gloria Newman (James MacMillan)
Psalm 102 The Lord is compassion and love (mtgf)
Gospel Acclamation Alleluia Beati (Christopher Walker)
Preparation of Gifts Faith, hope and love (Christopher Walker)
Eucharistic Acclamations Bede (mtgf)
Lamb of God Newman (James MacMillan)
Communion Antiphon I will recount (mtgf)
Communion Spirit of God within me (Naylor)
Final Praise my soul

It was a suggestion in The Liturgy Planner to sing Spirit of God within me to Coe fen. We have used the Joncas tune previously, which as a homage to Down Ampney I had presumed shared the same metre. However it fits Coe Fen well - with just a stretch in the first line. I wondered about tweaking it - something like Spirit of God within my heart - but resisted.

We have sung the first hymn before - but I am not sure to what tune. I had thought Conditor alme siderum but wrong metre. Today it was Tallis' Ordinal (Come Holy Ghost) which I don't when we last sang as a tune. My first impression was that people did know it but the weak spoken responses later might suggest otherwise.

6th Sunday in Ordinary Time

17 February 2019

Entrance Blest are the pure in heart
Penitential Rite Winter (mtgf)
Gloria Newman (James MacMillan)
Psalm 1 (mtgf)
Gospel Acclamation Alleluia Beati (Christopher Walker)
Preparation of Gifts As a tree (Marty Haugen)
Eucharistic Acclamations Bede (mtgf)
Lamb of God Newman (James MacMillan)
Communion Antiphon They ate and gad their fill (mtgf)
Communion The Call (Vaughan Williams)
Final Tell out my soul

Psalm 1 Happy the man is often cited as example where the Christology of the New Testament is grafted onto the Old. The vir of Beatus vir is Christ. It is a sign of how the Lectionary both builds on a hermeneutic of connecting Old and New Testaments and also breaks it that the Lectionary ignores this sense. The man today is the same person as the Lukan beatitudes are addressed to - i.e. the subject of Christ teaching not Christ himself.

Sometimes one sings a piece and in doing so remember why you have not done so for a while. Marty Haugen's As a tree would seem a perfect fit for today picking up the tree imagery of first reading and psalm with verses based on the beatitudes. Apart from the annoyance in the verses that sometimes Blessed is two syllables, sometimes one, it does not seem to work for us - repay the necessary effort. I suspect the harmony in the verses needs equal (upper?) voices so that it works with the accompaniment.

5th Sunday in Ordinary Time

10 February 2019

Entrance Holy, Holy, Holy
Penitential Rite Winter (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 (Gabarain)
Eucharistic Acclamations Bede (mtgf)
Lamb of God Newman (James MacMillan)
Communion Antiphon Let them thank (mtgf)
Communion Zum Sanctus from Deutsche Messe (Schubert)
Final Holy is God

3 years ago this was the last Sunday before Lent and Holy is God made a good end to the short season. It was still a good combination of 'holy' and sending out. I have never been sure about the Schubert as an English Mass part - too sustained for an acclamation - but in German it provided a suitable post-Communion reflection.

We have had a new Penitential Act this season. the leaflet just said repeat after cantor and it took 3 Sundays to find a stable form: first week wrong direction, second Ok but needing some harmonic revision, third settled.

4th Sunday in Ordinary Time

3 February 2019

Entrance Oh the word of my Lord
Penitential Rite Winter (mtgf)
Gloria Newman (James MacMillan)
Psalm 70 My lips will tell (mtgf)
Gospel Acclamation Alleluia Beati (Christopher Walker)
Preparation of Gifts Not for tongues (Michael Joncas)
Eucharistic Acclamations Bede (mtgf)
Lamb of God Newman (James MacMillan)
Communion Antiphon Let your face (mtgf)
Communion In perfect charity (R DeBruyn)
Final He who would valiant be

3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

27 January 2019

Entrance God has spoken through his prophets
Penitential Rite Winter (mtgf)
Gloria Newman (James MacMillan)
Psalm 18 Your words are spirit (mtgf)
Gospel Acclamation Alleluia Beati (Christopher Walker)
Preparation of Gifts Many are the lightbeams (Widestrand arr Marty Haugen)
Eucharistic Acclamations Bede (mtgf)
Lamb of God Newman (James MacMillan)
Communion Antiphon I am the light (mtgf)
Communion Jesus the word (French)
Final The kingdom of God

Communion was a reappearance of the French carol we had sung over Christmas - an interesting echo.

2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

20 January 2019

Entrance We come as guests
Penitential Rite Winter (mtgf)
Gloria Newman (James MacMillan)
Psalm 95 Proclaim the wonders (mtgf)
Gospel Acclamation Alleluia Beati (Christopher Walker)
Preparation of Gifts Ubi Caritas (Bob Hurd)
Eucharistic Acclamations Bede (mtgf)
Lamb of God Newman (James MacMillan)
Communion Antiphon You have prepared (mtgf)
Communion Jesus, you are the bread (Bernadette Farrell)
Final Lord, you give the great commission

The first few Sundays of Year C have some of the most striking passages from the Old Testament, Gospel and the resonant section from 1 Corinthians. It is too rich. The music pointed to a eucharistic understanding of Cana - which I'm not sure is the point - but there were not strong contenders for why it is here on this Sunday.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Baptism of the Lord

13 January 2019

Entrance Songs of thankfulness and praise
Penitential Rite St Gabriel (mtgf)
Gloria Christmas (Paul Gibson)
Psalm 103 Bless the Lord (mtgf)
Gospel Acclamation Salisbury Alleluia (Christopher Walker)
Preparation of Gifts There is one Lord (Owen Alstott)
Eucharistic Acclamations Comfort & Joy (mtgf)
Lamb of God Christmas (mtgf)
Communion Antiphon Behold the One (mtgf)
Communion Bread for the world (Christopher Walker)
Final Forth in the peace of Christ

As previously we sang Songs of thankfulness to the tune of Hail Redeemer. The homilist concentrated on aspects of water as a symbol - so no mention of Christmas, or links with the Epiphany or forward to next week. I had also picked out 'Priest, Prophet and King which led to the final hymn. Aspects of water were reflected in the verses of There is one Lord. The manifest numbers of 'manifests' in the first hymn also reminded me of Chris Walker's Bread for the world — 'God in love made manifest'. In a deep recess of my brain I also remembered that there were specific Christmas verses which we did.

Epiphany of the Lord

6 January 2019

Entrance Bethlehem of noblest cities
Penitential Rite St Gabriel (mtgf)
Gloria Christmas (Paul Gibson)
Psalm 71/td> All nations shall fall (mtgf)
Gospel Acclamation Salisbury Alleluia (Christopher Walker)
Preparation of Gifts This is the day (Fernand de la Tombelle)
Eucharistic Acclamations Comfort & Joy (mtgf)
Lamb of God Christmas (mtgf)
Communion Antiphon We have seen his star (mtgf)
Communion He became poor (John Bell)
Final We three kings

A repeat of the Tombelle piece and a chance to review the text. Though I don't think we have done it before on the Epiphany I thought He became poor with verses from Philippians 2 worked well today.

Mary, Mother of God

1 January 2019

Entrance What child is this
Penitential Rite St Gabriel (mtgf)
Gloria Psallite (Collegeville)
Psalm 66 O God be gracious and bless us (mtgf)
Gospel Acclamation Paschal Alleluia (chant)
Preparation of Gifts O holy Mary (Alstott)
Eucharistic Acclamations Comfort & Joy (mtgf)
Lamb of God Christmas (mtgf)
Communion Antiphon Jesus Christ is the same (mtgf)
Final A noble flower of Juda

As a Christmas weekday with a smaller congregation we scaled-down the Gloria and Alleluia.