6th Sunday of Easter (Year C, 2010)

Entrance Christ is made the sure foundation
Gloria from Beneath the Tree of Life (Marty Haugen)
Psalm Ps 66 (Cumberland/Forrester)
Gospel Acclamation Easter Alleluia (chant)
Preparation of the Gifts Let nothing trouble you (Bernadette Farrell)
Sanctus, Acclamation D, Amen Spring Sanctus (mcb)
Agnus Dei from Beneath the Tree of Life (Marty Haugen)
Communion My peace (Taizé) & Ps 84(85) (Murray)
Postcommunion If ye love me (Thomas Tallis, c. 1505-1585)
Recessional Come down, O love divine

To mirror our Lord’s promise of peace in today’s Gospel reading, we had Jacques Berthier’s My Peace, interspersed with the psalm verses speaking of peace in Ps 84(85). Bernadette Farrell’s setting of words from St Teresa of Avila fitted well with our Lord’s words Do not let your hearts be troubled from the same Gospel reading.

Both the Gospel reading and today’s communion antiphon recall the promise that the Father would send the Spirit, and so our closing hymn looked forward to Pentecost in two weeks’ time.

The second reading, from the book of the Apocalypse, described the heavenly Jerusalem and its foundations, and this prompted the choice of our opening hymn.

As with last week’s This is the Day, it was nice to be able to play around in rehearsal with the tempo of Tallis’s beautiful If ye love me. We settled on a slower pace than I’ve taken it in the past, which made for challenges of breathing and phrasing, but heightened the piece’s serene intensity, especially on the final word truth, sung to its arresting bare fifth chord.

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