Saints Peter and Paul, 2009

Entrance The Church’s One Foundation
Kyrie Kyrie I (Jacques Berthier)
Gloria Coventry Gloria (Peter Jones)
Psalm Ps 33 (mcb)
Gospel Acclamation Easter Alleluia
Preparation of the Gifts Dear Lord and Father of Mankind
Sanctus, Acclamation, Amen Gathering Mass (Paul Inwood)
Agnus Dei Mass XVIII & Missa O Quam Gloriosum (Tomás Luis de Victoria, 1548–1611)
Communion Come to Me (Martin Barry & Diane Murden)
Postcommunion Tu Es Petrus (Jacob Clemens non Papa, c. 1510-1556)
Recessional For All the Saints

For our celebration of the feast of Saints Peter and Paul today we were joined by members of Province 1 of the Catenian Association. We had music to suit a large and willing singing assembly – the Gathering Mass, the Coventry Gloria, and some rousing and well-known hymns. It's some years since we’ve sung Paul Inwood’s mass regularly on Sundays, but it’s just right for large ad hoc gatherings when you want to be sure people will know it well enough to be able to play their part.

The choir sang the setting of Tu Es Petrus by Clemens non Papa (according to Wikipedia his nickname - not the pope - was a joke on the part of his publisher), and the Agnus Dei from Victoria’s Missa O Quam Gloriosum, sandwiched between the first and third lines of the Agnus from Mass XVIII. This seems to me a good way to include gems from the repertoire of polyphonic mass settings, while maintaining the participation of the assembly first and foremost.

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