Sunday, 9 January 2011
|Entrance||On Jordans 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.