|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.