17th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C, 2010)

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.

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