|Entrance||As with gladness men of old|
|Gloria||Gloria de Noël (Thomas Niel)|
|Psalm||Every Nation on Earth (Marty Haugen)|
|Gospel Acclamation||Celtic Alleluia (Fintan O’Carroll)|
|Preparation of the Gifts||O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness|
|Sanctus, Acclamation, Amen||Missa Ubi Caritas (Bob Hurd)|
|Agnus Dei||Missa Ubi Caritas|
|Communion||Laudate Omnes Gentes (Jacques Berthier) & Reges Tharsis (chant)|
|Postcommunion||The Coventry Carol (trad., arr Martin Shaw)|
|Recessional||The First Nowell|
For our Communion processional song we took the short responsories for Terce, Sext and None of today’s feast, and interleaved them between repetitions of the Taizé refrain Laudate omnes gentes. The chant is simple but the rhythm of alternating plainchant and people’s refrain was effective, I thought, in creating the right atmosphere of purposeful prayer.
In the Coventry Carol we contrasted the women’s and men’s voices, each in three parts, in successive verses, which allowed a more dramatic exploration of the cruelty and the grief at the heart of the story than if we’d sung it straight.