|Entrance||Praise to the holiest|
|Kyrie||Kyrie for 3 voices, adapted from William Byrd (mcb)|
|Gloria||Coventry Gloria (Peter Jones)|
|Psalm||Ps 62: For you my soul is thirsting (author unknown)|
|Gospel Acclamation||Salisbury Alleluia (Christopher Walker)|
|Preparation of the Gifts||Your love is finer than life (Marty Haugen)|
|Sanctus, Acclamation, Amen||German Mass (Franz Schubert, arr. Richard Proulx)|
|Agnus Dei||Hurd Mass (Bob Hurd)|
|Communion||The eyes of everyone (mcb)|
|Postcommunion||Oculi Omnium (Charles Wood, 1866-1926)|
|Recessional||At the Lamb’s high feast|
We heard the words of Psam 62(63) twice, once in Marty Haugen’s fine setting with three-part close harmony for the women’s voices in the verses, and once in today’s responsorial psalm.
We sang the latter to an Anglican psalm tone - a rare venture for us into a sound-world quite different from our more usual style, namely tones by, or in the style of, Laurence Bévenot. Bévenot’s psalm tones are inspired by the Gregorian modes, though with a simpler termination (cadence) at the end of each line than in the Gregorian tones themselves. Anglican chant, by comparison, is both more elaborate and more formulaic at the ends of the lines, and the task in rehearsal was to make light of the cadences, so as not to find ourselves repeatedly subordinating the natural speech rhythms to those of the music.
I’m not sure who wrote the tone we used. We were singing from a manuscript copy found gathering dust in the choir’s music library. Choir members who move in the right circles said it was a well-known Anglican tone, but between us we weren’t able to pinpoint it.
The setting of the Kyrie was an adaptation by me of the Kyrie from the Byrd Mass for Three Voices, expanded (chiefly by repetition) to accommodate the third form of the Penitential Rite. Click here to download a copy, which you’re most welcome to print out and make use of.
The first reading today from Zechariah, and the Gospel reading, both talked of our Lord’s suffering. The stark prophecy: they will look on the one whom they have pierced prompted the choice of our final hymn of thanksgiving –
At the Lamb’s high feast we sing
Praise to our victorious King,
Who hath washed us in the tide
Flowing from his pierced side.
[update 26/6/10: fixed the link to the Kyrie.]