24th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C, 2010)

Entrance O God, thy people gather
Kyrie Mass of the Creator Spirit (Ed Nowak)
Gloria Mass of the Creator Spirit
Psalm Ps 50 (Gélineau)
Gospel Acclamation Alleluia Mode 2 (Plainchant)
Preparation of the Gifts I will arise (Robert Creighton, 1636-1734)
Sanctus, Acclamation, Amen Mass of Creation (Marty Haugen)
Agnus Dei Mass of the Creator Spirit
Communion Give us, Lord, a new heart (Bernadette Farrell)
Postcommunion Miserere mei (Orlande de Lassus, c.1532-1594)
Recessional Praise, my soul, the king of heaven

The Gospel story of the prodigal son guided our musical choices today. The psalm response – I will leave this place, and go to my Father – and the offertory motet sang of our resolve to ask God’s forgiveness. We did so in the psalm itself and our postcommunion motet, both from psalm 50(51), and in the opening hymn.

At communion the sung refrain picked up some words from the same psalm:

Give us, Lord, a new heart;
re-create your Spirit within us.

while the verses, from Ezekiel and Jeremiah, reminded us with reassurance of the forgiveness we believe is offered to us. Our final hymn celebrated this belief:

Ransomed, healed, restored, forgiven,
who like me his praise should sing?

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