33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C) and Remembrance Sunday 2010

Introit Requiem Aeternam (chant)
Opening Hymn Abide with me
Kyrie Mass of the Creator Spirit (Ed Nowak)
Gloria Mass of the Creator Spirit
Psalm Ps 97 (Eugene Monaghan)
Gospel Acclamation Alleluia Mode 2 (Plainchant)
Preparation of the Gifts Be not afraid (Bob Dufford)
Sanctus, Acclamation, Amen Mass of Creation (Marty Haugen)
Agnus Dei Mass of the Creator Spirit
Communion There is a longing in our hearts (Anne Quigley)
Postcommunion O Lord, support us (John Henry Newman, 1801-1890 & Maurice Besly, 1888-1945)
Recessional Thy hand, O God, has guided

We tried a different pattern for our observation of Remembrance Sunday this year. A little before 11.00 am the choir began the chant introit from the Requiem Mass, while Fr Anthony and the servers processed in. Then at 11.00 the Cathedral bell tolled once to begin two minutes’ silence. It sounded again two minutes later, and this was our cue for Abide with me. While the hymn began slowly and thoughtfully, I tried to give the final verse, with its Elgarian descant, a more uplifting feel, leading us on into our celebration of Sunday Mass.

Today’s Gospel reading had the words

Men will seize you and persecute you ... because of my name.

In his homily Fr Anthony reminded us that the answer to this is found in our Lord’s words: do not be afraid. These ideas came together nicely in our hymn, an old favourite, at the preparation of the gifts.

One of the Communion antiphons in the Missal for today, from St Mark’s Gospel, says

Whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.

So we took the words of Cardinal Newman’s famous prayer for perseverance (slightly paraphrased from his sermon Wisdom and Innocence):

O Lord, support us all the day long of this troublous life,
until the shades lengthen, and the evening comes, and the busy world is hushed;
the fever of life is over and our work done.
Then Lord, in thy mercy, grant us safe lodging, a holy rest,
and peace at the last,
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

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