|Entrance||O thou who camest from above|
|Kyrie||Kyrie for 3 voices adapted from Byrd (mcb)|
|Gloria||Mass of the Creator Spirit (Ed Nowak)|
|Psalm||O that today (Chris OHara)|
|Gospel Acclamation||Alleluia Mode 2 (Plainchant)|
|Preparation of the Gifts||You are the Lord of all (Daniel Bath)|
|Sanctus, Acclamation, Amen||Mass of Creation (Marty Haugen)|
|Agnus Dei||(Alan Rees)|
|Communion||How good is the Lord to all (mcb)|
|Postcommunion||Oculi Omnium (William Byrd c. 1540 - 1623)|
|Recessional||All my hope on God is founded|
Fan into a flame the gift that God gave you were St Paul’s words in this morning’s second reading. Our opening hymn took the same image:
O thou who camest from above
The fire celestial to impart,
Kindle a flame of sacred love
On the mean altar of my heart.
Today’s Communion antiphon came from Lamentations:
The Lord is good to those who hope in him, to those who are searching for his love.
Our music sounded the same note of reassurance with texts from Ps 144(145): firstly, our processional song (written first as a responsorial psalm for a wedding), with the words
He is close to all who call him, who call on him from their hearts
and then in William Byrd’s setting of lines from the same psalm, from Book I of the Gradualia of 1605. Having already sung verses form the psalm during the procession, we confined ourselves today to the opening section (the four-part setting of the Latin text The eyes of all creatures hope in you, Lord, and you give them food in due season). The remainder of this fine piece is an ongoing project for us, perhaps to be revisited when the psalm appears as Communion antiphon or responsorial psalm next year: respectively the twelfth and eighteenth Sundays in Ordinary time.