3rd Sunday of Easter (Year C, 2010)

Entrance Crown him with many crowns
Gloria from Beneath the Tree of Life (Marty Haugen)
Psalm I will praise you, Lord (Daniel Bath)
Gospel Acclamation Easter Alleluia (chant)
Preparation of the Gifts Let all the earth cry out (Psallite)
Sanctus, Acclamation, Amen Spring Sanctus (mcb)
Agnus Dei Lamb of God II (mcb)
Communion Come and eat this bread (Marty Haugen)
Postcommunion O Sons and Daughters (traditional, arr. C.V. Stanford)
Recessional At the Lamb’s high feast we sing

My flight’s been cancelled because of the volcano has got to be the all-time best excuse from a missing choir member; at any rate, I can’t imagine what’s going to beat it. But the rest of us made it for our first sung Mass since Easter Sunday.

Our Eastertide music as usual aims for a lighter, brighter touch than our more austere Lenten fare. This year Marty Haugen’s Gloria and my own Spring Sanctus are the staples. There seems to be something irrepressibly cheerful, and eminently Paschal, about 6/8 time.

The Entrance and Communion antiphons were both there, our piece from Psallite at the preparation of the gifts setting the Entrance text, and a second look in for Marty Haugen in his reflective Communion song, building on our Lord’s words in the Communion antiphon.

The choir sang Stanford’s arrangement of O Filii et Filiae, with words by the fifteenth century Parisian friar Jean Tisserand, in J.M. Neale’s translation, and the well-known melody – apparently composed to fit this text – whose earliest source seems to be a collection published in 1623. It mainly uses unison voices, the men and women alternating to tell different parts of the resurrection narrative, with drama added by the florid organ part, and unaccompanied choral harmonies lending moments of graceful reflection. It’s a tune which should feature more centrally in our Easter repertoire.

2 comments:

  1. Hello Martin

    I came to the service for the new converts in February and have recently been received in to the church this last Easter Vigil.

    Thank you for the wonderful music, very inspiring and appropriate. Whilst I am no singer myself, I did enjoy participating.

    Please accept my appreciation of yours and the choir's hard work.

    Ann -Marie

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  2. Thank you, Ann-Marie, and congratulations!

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