11.30 Mass at St Nameless’s: 2nd Sunday of Easter (Year C, 2010)

Sunday, 11 April 2010

Entrance Alleluia, alleluia, give thanks to the risen Lord (Donald Fishel) [2 vv.]
Gospel Acclamation Easter Alleluia (chant) with spoken verse
Preparation of the Gifts Take our bread (Joe Wise)
Memorial Acclamation He is Lord
Sign of Peace Peace, perfect peace (Kevin Mayhew)
Communion This is my body (Jimmy and Carol Owens)
Recessional This is the day (traditional)

The cathedral choir had the weekend off, so I went to the principal Sunday Mass in my home parish. For a large and prosperous parish they have limited ambitions when it comes to liturgical music. The hymns chosen probably all have their place in a Sunday Mass in Easter time, but it’s a shame to find them included at the expense of, say, a sung version of the Holy, holy, or the Responsorial Psalm, or the Gloria. I haven’t heard a ‘song at the sign of peace’ in any other parish in the last twenty-five years, but in my parish they sing this particular song every Sunday, at the expense of a sung Lamb of God.

All in all, it’s a neat indication that there are mountains to be climbed in liturgical formation.

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