3rd Sunday of Advent (Year C, 2009)

Entrance Rejoice for Ever (mcb)
Kyrie Dinah Reindorf
Psalm Is 12 (Laurence Bévenot)
Gospel Acclamation Advent Gospel Acclamations (Alan Smith)
Preparation of the Gifts Blest be the Lord (Bernadette Farrell)
Sanctus, Acclamation, Amen Mass XVIII (in English)
Agnus Dei Alan Rees
Communion Veni Immanuel (Bell) & Ps 32 (John Ainslie)
Postcommunion Rejoice in the Lord Alway (Henry Purcell, 1659-1695)
Recessional Hail to the Lord’s anointed

For our Communion processional song we mixed John Bell’s Veni Immanuel with verses from Psalm 32 (33). This psalm seems just right for Advent, with the lines The Lord looks on those who revere him, on those who hope in his love and Our soul is waiting for the Lord.

We sang an abridged version of Purcell’s famous Bell Anthem – so-called because of the repeated runs down the scale, like a peal of bells, in the open instrumental prelude – omitting the second verse section (beginning Be careful for nothing) but retaining all the repetitions of Rejoice in the Lord alway. The net result was more rejoicing and less admonition than St Paul probably intended. But for Gaudete Sunday I felt it was on target.

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