18th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A, 2011)

Sunday, 31 July 2011

Entrance All who hunger, gather gladly
Kyrie Kyrie for 3 voices adapted from Byrd (mcb)
Gloria Mass of the Most Sacred Heart (Jacob Bancks)
Psalm The eyes of everyone (mcb)
Gospel Acclamation St Agatha Alleluia (mcb)
Preparation of the Gifts Cantique de Jean Racine (Gabriel Fauré, 1845-1924)
Sanctus, Acclamation A, Amen Gathering Mass (Paul Inwood)
Agnus Dei Take and Eat (Michael Joncas & Gary Daigle)
Communion Come to me and drink (Bob Hurd)
Postcommunion Panis Angelicus (César Franck, 1822-1890)
Recessional Now thank we all our God

For the Gospel story of the feeding of the five thousand (“to say nothing of women and children”) we sang our opening hymn, and gave Panis Angelicus another outing. The first reading, from Isaiah, addressed the thirsty as well as the hungry, so we sang Bob Hurd’s Come to me and drink, with verses from Psalm 41(42).

Gremlins in the preparation of the people’s booklet meant we had one last unscheduled outing for the Gathering Mass in its old form, including a final sing through the words Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again. I’m glad we had one last encounter.

The choir’s on holiday in August. I think we (including our singing assembly) are ready for the change to the new Missal translation when we come back in September. Musically speaking, all that will be new then will be the sung dialogues, and hopefully the fact of singing them will make the words And with your spirit feel less strange than saying them, for a while at least.

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