6th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A, 2011)

Sunday, 13 February 2011

Entrance O God, thy people gather
Kyrie Jubilation Mass (James Chepponis)
Gloria Mass for John Carroll (Michael Joncas)
Psalm Ps 118 (Martin Hall)
Gospel Acclamation Here in our Midst (Peter Jones)
Preparation of the Gifts Eye has not seen (Marty Haugen)
Sanctus, Acclamation, Amen Assisi Acclamations (Nick Baty)
Agnus Dei from Beneath the Tree of Life (Marty Haugen)
Communion Teach me, O God (Christopher Walker)
Postcommunion Tantum Ergo (Maurice Duruflé, 1902-1986)
Recessional Praise the Lord, ye heavens adore him

Today’s second reading, from Corinthians, spoke of

the things that no eye has seen and no ear has heard, things beyond the mind of man, all that God has prepared for those who love him.

Our song at the preparation of the gifts was Marty Haugen’s thoughtful setting of the same text.

The first reading, the responsorial psalm and the Gospel reading all talked about the law, and our Lord’s completion of it. So Chris Walker’s Teach me, O God, to follow your ways was our communion song.

Christ’s completion of the law finds its fulfilment above all in the Eucharist. In the words of Thomas Aquinas,

Et antiquum documentum
novo cedat ritui

(And let the old practice yield to the new rite.)
We sang Duruflé’s dreamlike setting of the traditional chant melody. I’m pretty sure I could hear some older members of the congregation humming along.

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