Trinity Sunday, 2009

Entrance Holy, holy, holy, Lord God almighty
Kyrie Kyrie Eleison from Missa Ubi Caritas (Bob Hurd)
Gloria Missa Ubi Caritas
Psalm Ps 32 (Robert Sherlaw Johnson)
Gospel Acclamation Here in our Midst (Peter Jones)
Creed Credo III
Preparation of the Gifts A Hymn to the Trinity (Tchaikovsky)
Sanctus, Acclamation, Amen Missa Ubi Caritas
Agnus Dei Missa Ubi Caritas
Communion God beyond all names (John Bell) & Benedicta sit sancta Trinitas (chant)
Postcommunion Tibi Laus (Orlande de Lassus)
Recessional Holy God, we praise thy name

A sung Credo for a feast on which we reflect perhaps more than usual on the mysteries of what we believe. We sang it antiphonally, the choir and people alternating lines, but having tried it that way I think I prefer singing it all straight through tutti. The text isn’t a dialogue, and it feels arbitrary to allocate some propositions but not others to the singing assembly. It doesn’t make it any easier to sing, anyway - with Credo III you either know it or you don’t. It would be good to sing it often enough that it’s familiar even to younger members of the congregation.

For Communion, a combination of John Bell’s God beyond all names from the Iona collection We walk his way, and the chant antiphon Benedicta sit sancta Trinitas. Strictly speaking the latter is the Introit for today's Mass, but it lends itself nicely to breaking up into three shorter sections interleaved with John Bell’s refrain. In previous years we’ve sung Bernadette Farrell’s song with the same title. Another good text for a day when we reflect on mysteries!

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