|Entrance||The Churchs one foundation|
|Sprinkling Rite||Springs of Water (Marty Haugen)|
|Gloria||Glory to God in the Highest (John L Bell)|
|Psalm||Ps 16 (Liz Mottram)|
|Gospel Acclamation||Alleluia Mode 2 (Plainchant)|
|Presentation of Confirmation Candidates||Christ be our Light (Bernadette Farrell)|
|Preparation of the Gifts||Here I am Lord (Dan Schutte)|
|Sanctus, Acclamation, Amen||Mass of Creation (Marty Haugen)|
|Agnus Dei||Mass of Christ the King (mcb)|
|Communion||At your word our hearts are burning (Collegeville Composers Group)|
|Postcommunion||The Lord is my Shepherd (John Rutter)|
|Recessional||Love divine, all loves excelling|
Eleven children of the parish were enrolled into the sacramental programme today, embarking on a journey leading to Confirmation at Pentecost next year, and First Holy Communion a few weeks later. We accompanied the rite, in which parent presented child with a lit baptismal candle, with Bernadette Farrell’s Christ, be our light. This hadn’t found its way into today’s congregational booklet (as a result of communication failures, mainly on the part of yours truly), but enough people knew it well enough to join in with the refrains. The same fate, and the same redemption, befell Marty Haugen’s Springs of water.
Our responsorial Psalm setting today was a piece first presented at a meeting of the Society of St Gregory’s Composers’ Group. Liz Mottram’s music, like that of several composers in and around the Composers’ Group orbit, deserves to be heard more widely.