|Entrance||Bring to the Lord a glad new song (Michael Perry/C.H.H. Parry)|
|Kyrie||Kyrie 2 from A Community Mass (Richard Proulx)|
|Gloria||Glory to God in the Highest (John L Bell)|
|Psalm||Ps 18 (McCarthy/Bévenot)|
|Gospel Acclamation||Sing a New Song (John L Bell)|
|Preparation of the Gifts||God has chosen me (Bernadette Farrell)|
|Sanctus, Acclamation, Amen||Community Mass (Proulx)|
|Agnus Dei||from No Greater Love (Michael Joncas)|
|Communion||Taste and See (Richard Proulx)|
|Postcommunion||Haec Dies (Ludovico Viadana, 1564-1645)|
|Recessional||Hail to the Lord’s anointed|
In today’s first reading from Nehemiah the phrase This day is sacred to the/our Lord occurs twice. Viadana’s Haec Dies takes a different phrase – This is the day that the Lord has made – this time from Psalm 117(118), but embodying the same exhortation to rejoicing on the Lord’s day. The latter text is one especially associated with Easter, but for the ancient Church, and still today, every Sunday was and is Easter Sunday.
The Communion antiphon today was from Psalm 33(34):
Look up at the Lord with gladness and smile; your face will never be ashamed.
Richard Proulx’s Taste and See sets several verses, including this one, from the same Psalm. It's another entry on that short list of pieces which both challenge the choir and also give the people their proper role.
The same might be said of John Bell’s Sing a new song, with its Alleluia refrain imitating the alternating 6/8 and 3/4 of Leonard Bernstein’s America, and verses setting Psalm 95(96). This psalm provided the text of today’s entrance antiphon, and in addition to determining our choice of opening hymn, it also served, in John Bell’s setting, as a fitting way to acclaim the Gospel.