4th Sunday of Easter (Year C, 2010)

Entrance All people that on earth do dwell
Gloria from Beneath the Tree of Life (Marty Haugen)
Psalm We are his people (mcb)
Gospel Acclamation Easter Alleluia (chant)
Preparation of the Gifts Jubilate Servite (Jacques Berthier)
Sanctus, Acclamation D, Amen Spring Sanctus (mcb)
Agnus Dei from Beneath the Tree of Life
Communion Because the Lord is my shepherd (Christopher Walker)
Postcommunion Surrexit Pastor Bonus (Michael Haller, 1840-1915)
Recessional Praise we our God with joy

As well as a fine assortment of musical sheep and shepherds, we had three different versions of the opening line of Ps 99(100): Cry out with joy to the Lord, all the earth was in my setting of the Grail translation of the Psalm, All people that on earth do dwell, sing to the Lord with cheerful voice was in our opening hymn, and Jacques Berthier’s Jubilate, Servite set the text in Latin:

Jubilate Deo, omnis terra
Servite Domino in laetitia

We had lots of fun with the Taizé piece: firstly in unison with just the women's voices, then repeated by all; then a couple of goes in two-part canon, and two more in four-part canon; then we switched to the two-part counter melody, and finally (via a modulation up a semitone) combined the original melody and the counter melody for a grand finale, just as the people rose to be incensed at the conclusion of the Preparation of the Gifts. I love it when we get the timing right like that.

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