Sunday, 5 September 2010
|Entrance||When I survey the wondrous cross|
|Kyrie||Kyrie II from Paschal Mass (Alan Rees)|
|Gloria||Glory to God in the Highest (John L Bell)|
|Psalm||Lord, you have been our refuge (John L Bell)|
|Gospel Acclamation||Alleluia Mode 2 (Plainchant)|
|Preparation of the Gifts||Be still, my soul|
|Sanctus, Acclamation, Amen||Gathering Mass (Paul Inwood)|
|Agnus Dei||Lamb of God II (mcb)|
|Communion||As the deer longs (Bob Hurd)|
|Postcommunion||Adoramus Te, no. 2 in Gm (Antonio Lotti, c. 1667-1740)|
|Recessional||O God our help in ages past|
As usual for our first Sunday back in September, the ranks of the congregation were swelled by the members of No. 1 Province of the Catenian Association, and as usual they sang wonderfully well. Our music drew a connection with our Lord’s words in the Gospel reading:
Anyone who does not carry his cross and come after me cannot be my disciple.
in the hymn at the Preparation of the Gifts:
Be still, my soul, the Lord is on your side.
Bear patiently the cross of grief or pain.
Two other pieces – our opening hymn, and the choir’s postcommunion motet – spoke of our Lord’s own greater cross. Lotti sets a slightly embroidered version of the text of the ancient and well-known antiphon:
We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you,
for by your holy Cross and your passion you have redeemed the world.
Bob Hurd’s As the deer longs was new to us, and a perfect fit for the Communion antiphon from Psalm 41(42). We’ll certainly be singing it again.