3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A, 2011)

Entrance Bring to the Lord a glad new song (Parry/Perry)
Kyrie Mass for John Carroll (Michael Joncas)
Gloria Mass for John Carroll
Psalm Ps 26 (Paul Inwood)
Gospel Acclamation Here in our Midst (Peter Jones)
Preparation of the Gifts Dear Lord and Father of Mankind
Sanctus, Acclamation, Amen Assisi Acclamations (Nick Baty)
Agnus Dei Holy Family Mass (John Schiavone)
Communion The Lord is my light (Marty Haugen)
Postcommunion A Song of the Light (Simon Lole)
Recessional Shine, Jesus, Shine (Graham Kendrick)

Two fabulous hymn tunes by Hubert Parry today – Jerusalem and Repton. Simon Lole’s reworking of Lumen Hilare is also characterised by a finely crafted melody, and it was well-suited to a celebration in which two of the readings and the responsorial psalm talked about Christ our light.

On the same theme we had Graham Kendrick’s either-love-it-or-hate-it barnstormer, in yet another excellent choral arrangement from the RSCM collection Sing with all my soul. This one (by William Llewellyn) has a coruscating choral ending, quoting the last line of Thou whose almighty Word (with which we ended last week’s celebration):

Through the world far and wide,
Let there be light!

with the sopranos ending in three part harmony, including a top B♭. It was properly uplifting, I thought. We stuck with the English version rather than the impressive-looking Latin version. Anyway, if the song was good enough for a Papal Prayer Vigil it was certainly good enough for us.

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