Baptism of the Lord (Year A, 2011)

Sunday, 9 January 2011

Entrance On Jordan’s Bank
Sprinkling Rite Springs of Water (Marty Haugen)
Gloria Gloria de Noël (Thomas Niel)
Psalm Ps 28 (McCarthy/Bévenot)
Gospel Acclamation Celtic Alleluia (Fintan O’Carroll)
Preparation of the Gifts Songs of thankfulness and praise
Sanctus, Acclamation, Amen Gathering Mass (Paul Inwood)
Agnus Dei Mass of the Angels and Saints (Steven Janco)
Communion Spirit of the living God (Daniel Iverson) & Ps 103 (John Ainslie)
Postcommunion O Nata Lux (Thomas Tallis, c. 1505 - 1585)
Recessional Come down, O love divine

References to the Holy Spirit during the seasons of Advent and Christmas, it seems to me, are relatively few. So the image of the Spirit descending like a dove, found in today’s Gospel and in those for the other two years of the Lectionary cycle, is a significant one.

We responded to it with Spirit of the living God, interspersed with verses from John Ainslie’s setting of Psalm 103 (104), and with Come down, O love divine, set to the tune Vaughan Williams must have named after his dog.

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