28th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C, 2010)

Sunday, 10 October 2010

Entrance All people that on earth do dwell
Kyrie Kyrie II from Paschal Mass (Alan Rees)
Gloria Glory to God in the Highest (John L Bell)
Psalm Ps 97: The Lord has shown his salvation (Geoffrey Boulton Smith)
Gospel Acclamation Salisbury Alleluia (Christopher Walker)
Preparation of the Gifts Domine, non sum dignus (Tomás Luis de Victoria c. 1548-1611)
Sanctus, Acclamation, Amen Mass of Creation (Marty Haugen)
Agnus Dei (Alan Rees)
Communion Now we remain (David Haas)
Postcommunion He hath filled the hungry (Felix Mendelssohn, 1809-1847)
Recessional Thanks be to God (Stephen Dean)

Today’s Communion antiphon, from Ps 33:

The rich suffer want and go hungry, but nothing shall be lacking to those who fear the Lord

finds an echo in the Magnificat:

He hath filled the hungry with good things, and the rich he hath sent empty away

We sang these lines from Mendelssohn’s unaccompanied setting, Op 69 no 3. This section is scored for four soloists, but it makes for a luminous and direct choir piece.

The story in St Luke’s Gospel of the healing of the lepers prompted us to pray for our own healing in the words of the centurion (in Matthew 8:8), set by Victoria, and to give thanks in our final hymn.

The second reading, from 2 Timothy, included the words

If we have died with him, then we shall live with him

The final, dramatic verse of David Haas’s Now we remain paraphrases this to

For to live with the Lord, we must die with the Lord

Inverting the two clauses like this turns St Paul’s words from consolation to challenge.

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