5th Sunday of Easter (B), 2009

Entrance Bring to the Lord a glad new song
Gloria Mass of the Celtic Saints (Lawton)
Psalm Ps 21 (Walsh)
Gospel Acclamation Eastertide Gospel Acclamation (Farrell)
Preparation of the Gifts Christo Resurgenti (François Couperin, 1668–1733)
Sanctus, Acclamation, Amen Mass of the Celtic Saints (Lawton)
Agnus Dei from Beneath the Tree of Life (Haugen)
Communion I am the vine (Bell) & Psalm 79(80) (Bévenot)
Postcommunion This is the Day (anon. c. 1600)
Recessional O Praise ye the Lord

The refrain from John Bell's I am the Vine is based on the same text as this Sunday's Communion antiphon (John 15:5). Psalm 80 also talks of a vine:

God of hosts, turn again, we implore, look down from heaven and see
Visit this vine and protect it, the vine your right hand has planted

and the two go together well. The idea of marrying the Communion antiphon with this psalm text comes from Psallite, as far as I can tell, but for the music for the psalm verses I've chosen a chant setting by Laurence Bévenot.

More Easter jubilation in the choral items this week: the Couperin is a model of 18th century elegance, while the anonymous This is the Day is almost fanfare-like in its repeated resounding declarations that we will rejoice.


  1. Maintaining 'Easter jubilation' is always difficult, but the use of the 'Alleluia' as well as the many works based on the phrase, 'This is the Day' can strike the right chord! What we are celebrating in the liturgy is not just what happened two thousand and something years ago, but that which is also happening TODAY! 'THIS' is always THE DAY! The resurrection is now. Every Sunday is Easter Sunday and especially those Sundays of the Easter Season. Keep up the jubilation Martin! I notice Anthony was full of jubilation on the organ last Sunday, or was he just testing the loudness of the organ in preparation for this week's visit from Makins?

  2. The Reluctant Tenor9 May 2009 at 19:01

    Rumour has it that at Pentecost Anthony wants to play something by Manuel de Fire...

    I once gave him a list that I would like him to play, but he's still working on it.

  3. And I still have the Chopin Liszt (shoppin' list) in question! It's not easy to find a suitable time to fit in 30 minutes of Ad Nos, ad salutarem undam! Perhaps a little page of two one day will keep certain people happy :-)

  4. Didn't know you did requests, Anthony! Can we have the Fugue in G Major "alla Gigue", BWV 577, and the "Little" Fugue in G Minor, BWV 578?

    (I expect you're going to tell me you play them regularly, but we never arrive early enough or stay long enough to hear them!)