7th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A, 2017)

Sunday, 19 February 2017

 
Entrance Praise to the Lord, the almighty
Kyrie Kyrie II from Paschal Mass (Alan Rees)
Gloria Mass of the Most Sacred Heart (Jacob Bancks)
Psalm Ps 102 (Geoffrey Boulton Smith)
Gospel Acclamation Salisbury Alleluia (Christopher Walker)
Preparation of the Gifts Brother, sister, let me serve you
Sanctus, Acclamation, Amen Bede Acclamations (Martin Foster)
Agnus Dei Paschal Mass (Alan Rees)
Communion Ubi Caritas (Bob Hurd)
Postcommunion All things bright and beautiful (John Rutter, b. 1945)
Recessional Praise my soul, the King of heaven

Today’s Communion antiphon from psalm 9 included the words I will recount all your wonders. So we did, in the form of Rutter’s cheerful setting of the words of the old hymn, itself said to be inspired by words from Coleridge’s The Ancient Mariner:

He prayeth best, who loveth best
All things great and small
For the dear God who loveth us
He made and loveth all.

6th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A, 2017)

Sunday, 12 February 2017

 
Entrance Christ is made the sure foundation
Kyrie Kyrie II from Paschal Mass (Alan Rees)
Gloria Mass of the Most Sacred Heart (Jacob Bancks)
Psalm Ps 118 (Martin Hall)
Gospel Acclamation Salisbury Alleluia (Christopher Walker)
Preparation of the Gifts Eye has not seen (Marty Haugen)
Sanctus, Acclamation B, Amen Bede Acclamations (Martin Foster)
Agnus Dei Paschal Mass (Alan Rees)
Communion Teach me, O God (Christopher Walker)
Postcommunion Tantum Ergo (Maurice Duruflé, 1902-1986)
Recessional O Jesus, I have promised
 

5th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A, 2017)

Sunday, 5 February 2017

 
Entrance Come, ring out your joy (arr. Martin Foster)
Kyrie Kyrie II from Paschal Mass (Alan Rees)
Gloria Mass of the Most Sacred Heart (Jacob Bancks)
Psalm Good people are a light (Paul Inwood)
Gospel Acclamation Salisbury Alleluia (Christopher Walker)
Preparation of the Gifts Be not afraid (Bob Dufford)
Sanctus, Acclamation B, Amen Bede Acclamations (Martin Foster)
Agnus Dei Paschal Mass (Alan Rees)
Communion God’s tender mercy (Psallite)
Postcommunion O Quam Suavis (Sebastián de Vivanco, 1551-1622)
Recessional Christ, be our light (Bernadette Farrell)
 

Another new composer for us this week, in the person of Sebastián de Vivanco. Roughly contemporary with Victoria, he plied his trade in Ávila, Segovia and, at the height of his career, in Salamanca. According to Wikipedia he wrote about 150 motets and a dozen or so Masses, but only a handful seem to have made it on to CPDL. Perhaps we'll explore some of the others.

4th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A, 2017)

Sunday, 29 January 2017

 
Entrance Save us, Lord our God (Christopher Walker)
Kyrie Kyrie II from Paschal Mass (Alan Rees)
Gloria Mass of the Most Sacred Heart (Jacob Bancks)
Psalm Ps 145 (Boulton Smith)
Gospel Acclamation Salisbury Alleluia (Christopher Walker)
Preparation of the Gifts Make me a channel of your peace
Sanctus, Acclamation B, Amen Bede Acclamations (Martin Foster)
Agnus Dei Paschal Mass (Alan Rees)
Communion Blest are they (David Haas)
Postcommunion Beati Eritis (Giovanni Croce, 1557-1609)
Recessional Tell out, my soul
 

3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A, 2017)

Sunday, 22 January 2017

 
Entrance Bring to the Lord a glad new song (Michael Perry/C.H.H. Parry)
Kyrie Kyrie II from Paschal Mass (Alan Rees)
Gloria Mass of the Most Sacred Heart (Jacob Bancks)
Psalm Ps 26 (Paul Inwood)
Gospel Acclamation Salisbury Alleluia (Christopher Walker)
Preparation of the Gifts Dear Lord and Father of mankind
Sanctus, Acclamation B, Amen Bede Acclamations (Martin Foster)
Agnus Dei Paschal Mass (Alan Rees)
Communion O thou who at thy Eucharist didst pray (Orlando Gibbons, 1583-1625)
The Lord is my light (Marty Haugen)
Postcommunion Salve Lux Mundi (attr. Josquin des Prez, c.1450-1521)
Recessional Thy hand, O God, has guided
 

Salve Lux Mundi is the second part of the motet Ave Christe Immolate, usually attributed to Josquin, but argued by some to be more likely attributable to Noel Bauldeweyn (c.1480-1530). Either way, it was the first time we’d sung anything by that composer, in the last 26 years or so at least. It was quite an eye-opener for me – I’d taken music from the Middle Renaissance to be fairly plain-spoken, deadpan even, in character, compared with William Byrd’s eye for detail, or the richly atmospheric dramas of Victoria, both from sixty or so years later. Here we found drama in abundance, not least in the alternation between gently meandering counterpoint and bold homophony, the latter especially at the end in the words et nos electorum gregi numerari.

We marked the opening of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity with our recessional hymn, and with the opening verse of O thou who at thy Eucharist didst pray, sung by the choir to Gibbons’s very fine Song 1.

O thou, who at thy Eucharist didst pray
That all thy Church might be forever one,
Grant us at every Eucharist to say
With longing heart and soul: “thy will be done”.
O may we all one Bread, one Body be,
Through this blest Sacrament of unity.

2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A, 2017)

Sunday, 15 January 2017

 
Entrance Let all the world in every corner sing
Kyrie Kyrie II from Paschal Mass (Alan Rees)
Gloria Mass of the Most Sacred Heart (Jacob Bancks)
Psalm Ps 39 (Paul Inwood)
Gospel Acclamation Salisbury Alleluia (Christopher Walker)
Preparation of the Gifts The Lamb (John Tavener, 1944-2013)
Blest be the Lord, the God of Israel (Alstott/Farrell)
Sanctus, Acclamation B, Amen Bede Acclamations (Martin Foster)
Agnus Dei Paschal Mass (Rees)
Communion Behold the Lamb of God (John Bell) & Ecce Maria genuit (chant)
Postcommunion Venite Comedite (William Byrd, c.1540-1624)
Recessional Hail to the Lord’s anointed
 

Plainchant, polyphony, Tavener, traditional Anglican hymnody, music of the St Thomas More Group… One of our trademark diverse musical banquets.

For the next few weeks we're singing Martin Foster’s Bede Acclamations, which look to me like a winner.

The Epiphany (2017)

Sunday, 8 January 2017

 
Entrance As with gladness men of old
Kyrie Belmont Mass (Christopher Walker)
Gloria Gloria de Noël (Thomas Niel)
Psalm Ps 71 (Monaghan/Dean)
Gospel Acclamation St Agatha Alleluia (mcb)
Preparation of the Gifts What child is this?
Sanctus, Acclamation, Amen Belmont Mass
Agnus Dei Belmont Mass
Communion Laudate Omnes Gentes (Taizé) & Reges Tharsis (chant)
Postcommunion Mid-winter (Bob Chilcott, b. 1955)
Recessional The First Nowell