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.