Trinity Sunday (Year A, 2011)

Entrance Father, Lord of all creation
Kyrie Kyrie Eleison from Missa Ubi Caritas (Bob Hurd)
Gloria (ad experimentum)
Psalm Canticle from the Flames (Felix Goebel-Komala)
Gospel Acclamation St Agatha Alleluia (mcb)
Preparation of the Gifts God so loved the world (John Stainer, 1840-1901)
Sanctus, Acclamation, Amen Mass of Creation (Marty Haugen)
Agnus Dei Missa Ubi Caritas (Bob Hurd)
Communion God beyond all names (John Bell) & Benedicta sit sancta Trinitas (chant)
Postcommunion O Lux Beata Trinitas (T.L. de Victoria, 1548-1611)
Recessional Holy, holy, holy, Lord God almighty

In Felix Goebel-Komala’s exhilarating interpretation of the canticle from Daniel 3, cantor and assembly engage in zestful dialogue, the choir first supporting the assembly, but eventually succumbing to enthusiasm and elbowing the cantor aside for the last few stanzas of the litany. Ian Williams carried off the cantor’s role with all the requisite panache. We last sang the piece during our Trinity Sunday Mass three years ago, celebrated at the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester with the Catenian Association marking its centenary, where the irrepressible vivaciousness of the Canticle elicited a willing response from the vast singing assembly.

We continued our exploration of the works of Victoria, in this his four hundredth anniversary year. O lux beata Trinitas is strictly an evening hymn, but a bit of nifty footwork with the Latin – changing iam sol recedit into iam sol ascendit, even if that’s not the usual verb to describe the sun going up – made it into a fitting song for a morning celebration.

A publisher had very kindly afforded a preview of a revised setting of the Gloria, so we tried it out this morning. When it’s eventually published it will certainly become a staple of our repertoire.

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