|Gloria||Mass of the Celtic Saints (Liam Lawton)|
|Psalm||Ps 46 (Shaun MacCarthy)|
|Gospel Acclamation||Eastertide Gospel Acclamation (Bernadatte Farrell)|
|Prayer of the Faithful||Regina Caeli (chant)|
|Preparation of the Gifts||Hail the day that sees him rise|
|Sanctus, Acclamation, Amen||Mass of the Celtic Saints (Liam Lawton)|
|Agnus Dei||from Beneath the Tree of Life (Marty Haugen)|
|Communion||My Peace (Taizé) & Ascendit Deus (chant)|
|Postcommunion||God is gone up with a merry noise (William Croft, 1678-1727)|
|Recessional||Alleluia, Sing to Jesus|
For the Communion procession we’re singing Jacques Berthier’s My Peace interspersed with chant verses from the short responsory for the office of Terce: Ascendit Deus in Jubilatione. This means that on Sunday we’re singing the same text in three different guises: as well as this Latin version, we’re singing Shaun MacCarthy’s exhilarating setting of the Responsorial Psalm, which sets the Grail text God goes up with shouts of joy to verses that flash past in a flurry of alternating 7/8, 8/8 and 3/4, and William Croft’s God is gone up with a merry noise.
Croft succeeded his teacher John Blow as organist of Westminster Abbey in 1708 (it says in Wikipedia). His verse anthem is in a different style from our usual choral fare, with two majestic choruses flanking a perkier verse for six-part semichorus. In recent years we've sung Palestrina’s Ascendo ad Patrem. The Croft piece makes for a sparkling alternative to Palestrina's more sedate and stately vision of our Lord ascending.
A sung Marian antiphon in place of reciting the Hail Mary after the prayer of the faithful. It's May, after all.