|Entrance||Praise to the Lord, the almighty|
|Kyrie||Taizé Kyrie I|
|Gloria||Coventry Gloria (Peter Jones)|
|Psalm||On the day I called (Daniel Bath)|
|Gospel Acclamation||Advent Gospel Acclamation (Andrew Wright), with chanted verse|
|Preparation of the Gifts||Seek ye first|
|Sanctus, Acclamation, Amen||German Mass (Schubert, arr. Proulx)|
|Our Father||(Estelle White)|
|Agnus Dei||Hurd Mass (Bob Hurd)|
|Communion||Blest are they, the poor in spirit (David Haas)|
|Postcommunion||Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring (J.S. Bach)|
|Recessional||Holy God, we praise thy name|
With the Lord’s Prayer at the heart of today’s Gospel reading, we gave the prayer greater prominence during the Communion Rite by singing it to the well-known and much-loved setting by Estelle White. There's an irony here — we don’t normally sing the prayer, precisely because of our Lord’s words in St Luke’s Gospel: Say this when you pray. There are prayers which are incomplete if you don’t sing them: the words Alleluia, Hosanna, Gloria for instance, are, biblically speaking, all parts of songs. The Lord’s Prayer, however, is inherently prose rather than song.
It made sense to sing it today, though, reinforcing the link between the words we had heard during the Liturgy of the Word, and the same words uttered in prayer, when sometimes we might rattle them off without pausing to make the connection.