|Entrance||Praise my soul, the king of heaven|
|Kyrie||Mass for John Carroll (Michael Joncas)|
|Gloria||Mass for John Carroll|
|Psalm||Ps 145 (Stephen Dean)|
|Gospel Acclamation||Alleluia Mode 2 (Plainchant)|
|Preparation of the Gifts||Fugue alla Gigue, BWV 577 (J.S. Bach)|
|Sanctus, Acclamation, Amen||Mass of Creation (Marty Haugen)|
|Agnus Dei||Holy Family Mass (John Schiavone)|
|Communion||(i) Like the Deer (mcb) |
(ii) Godhead here in hiding
|Postcommunion||Sicut Cervus (Palestrina)|
|Recessional||Thou whose almighty Word|
We returned from our Summer break today, and were fortunate to have members of Province 1 of the Catenian Association with us once again. As usual for these occasions, the music was chosen to take advantage of the large and enthusiastic singing assembly.
Today’s readings touched on healing, and two of our hymns took up the same theme: Praise my soul, the king of heaven (“ransomed, healed, restored, forgiven”) and Thou whose almighty Word (“Thou who didst come to bring/on thy redeeming wing/healing and sight,
health to the sick in mind, sight to the inly blind, ah! now to all mankind,
let there be light!”)
Psalm 42’s thirsty deer had two contrasting outings, in my simple setting and Palestrina’s famous gem. (One-nil to Palestrina then.)
The Ordinary of the Mass was mix-and-match, the items by Joncas and Schiavone providing instantly accessible but musically strong congregational responses for a gathering of people from disparate worshipping communities with a limited common repertoire. And if anyone didn’t know the Sanctus from the Mass of Creation, perhaps they should have, and they do now.
All that plus Bach’s Jig Fugue during the Preparation of the Gifts, carried off by our inimitable organist with verve and panache, and stuff like that.