|Entrance||Sweet Sacrament divine|
|Kyrie||Taizé Kyrie I|
|Gloria||Coventry Gloria (Peter Jones)|
|Psalm||Ps 109 (Geoffrey Boulton Smith)|
|Gospel Acclamation||Salisbury Alleluia (Christopher Walker)|
|Preparation of the Gifts||Ave Verum Corpus (Charles Gounod, 1818-1893)|
|Sanctus, Acclamation, Amen||German Mass (Franz Schubert, arr Richard Proulx)|
|Agnus Dei||Hurd Mass (Bob Hurd)|
|Communion||Take and Eat (Michael Joncas)|
|Postcommunion||O Sacrum Convivium (mcb)|
|Recessional||O Jesus Christ, remember|
Lo, round thy lowly shrine with suppliant hearts we come seemed fitting words for our gathering hymn; more so, perhaps, than to sing a much-loved hymn of Eucharistic adoration such as this one during Communion. At Communion we echoed the words of today’s second reading: this is my body, in Michael Joncas’s Take and eat. Our Lord’s command entails something deeper than adoration: an encounter with Christ from which it is impossible to emerge unchanged.
I wrote my setting of O Sacrum Convivium the week I joined the cathedral choir, in November 1990. It’s my attempt to sound French, I think: not Messiaen, but maybe somewhere around Ravel. Have a listen here if you have the Scorch plugin installed on your computer.