|Entrance||Come let us sing for joy (Marty Haugen)|
|Kyrie||Kyrie 2 from Community Mass (Richard Proulx)|
|Gloria||Glory to God in the Highest (John L Bell)|
|Psalm||Before the angels (Daniel Bath)|
|Gospel Acclamation||Sing a New Song (John L Bell)|
|Preparation of the Gifts||Here I am, Lord (Dan Schutte)|
|Sanctus, Acclamation, Amen||Community Mass (Proulx)|
|Agnus Dei||Take and Eat Communion Rite (Michael Joncas/Gary Daigle)|
|Communion||Come to me (Martin Barry/Diane Murden)|
|Postcommunion||Cantique de Jean Racine (Gabriel Fauré, 1845-1924)|
|Recessional||Holy, holy, holy, Lord God almighty|
Marty Haugen’s Come let us sing for joy is a hymn setting of Psalm 94(95), the source of today’s entrance antiphon. It’s a good assembly-friendly tune, though not one particularly well known to our own assembly. To make up for it, we had Dan Schutte’s well-loved Here I am, Lord at the preparation of the gifts. Ideally the verses should be sung by a cantor rather than by the whole assembly, but everyone knows it too well to be silent during the verses, and hopefully no-one is too confused about the two different voices speaking in the text.
We had two songs about the angels – our closing hymn echoing Isaiah’s vision from the first reading, and Daniel Bath’s very fine setting of the responsorial psalm, in a Gospel style tinged with African rhythmic influences.
With the beatitudes as well, in our Communion song, there was an abundance of scriptural sources for today’s music, though nothing to match the theme of unworthy discipleship which preoccupies both Isaiah and St Paul in today’s first two readings. I’m not sure I know of anything that exactly covers that angle. Suggestions?