|Entrance||Be thou my vision|
|Kyrie||Lord, show us your mercy (mcb)|
|Gloria||Missa Ubi Caritas (Bob Hurd)|
|Psalm||What marvels the Lord worked for us (mcb)|
|Gospel Acclamation||Salisbury Alleluia (Christopher Walker)|
|Preparation of the Gifts||Your hands O Lord|
|Sanctus, Acclamation, Amen||Missa Ubi Caritas|
|Agnus Dei||Lamb of God II (mcb)|
|Communion||Now in this banquet (Marty Haugen)|
|Postcommunion||Cum appropinquaret Iesus (Juan Ginés Pérez, 1548-1600)|
|Recessional||Praise my soul the King of heaven|
Today’s Gospel reading about the healing of the blind beggar Bartimaeus prompted five of our musical choices: Your hands, O Lord and Praise my soul both speak of healing, and Be thou my vision links the story to our wider dependence on God’s loving protection. Marty Haugen’s Now in this banquet makes this link too, addressing God in one of the verses as light for the blind.
The choir also sang Cum appropinquaret Iesus by Ginés Pérez, a founder of the Valencian school of composition in the late sixteenth century, in an edition prepared by Esperanza Rodriguez, a former choral scholar here at Salford. The text of the piece is a précis of today’s Gospel reading, but, puzzlingly, begins with our Lord approaching (appropinquaret) Jericho rather than leaving it. Explanation, anyone?