30th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A, 2011)

Sunday, 23 October 2011

Entrance Father, Lord of all creation
Kyrie Belmont Mass (Christopher Walker)
Gloria Mass of the Most Sacred Heart (Jacob Bancks)
Psalm Ps 17 (James Walsh)
Gospel Acclamation Salisbury Alleluia (Christopher Walker)
Preparation of the Gifts Make me a channel of your peace (Sebastian Temple, arr. William Llewellyn)
Sanctus, Acclamation, Amen Belmont Mass
Agnus Dei Belmont Mass
Communion Lord, your love has drawn us near (Stephen Dean)
Postcommunion Love divine, all loves excelling (Howard Goodall)
Recessional All my hope on God is founded

Prompted by today’s readings, our musical selections reflected on love, human and divine.

For the ordinary of the Mass, we continued with Chris Walker’s Belmont Mass, whose prayerful chant-inspired melodies to my mind succeed in embodying the ‘noble simplicity’ spoken of (in Sacrosanctum Concilium) as characteristic of the liturgy. The published version is entirely for unison voices, but we experimented today with a cappella four-part harmony, the choir fitting the words to the harmonies of the organ part in both the Kyrie and the Agnus Dei. It worked very well, I thought, and it will give us the option of varying the texture – unison voices with organ, unaccompanied unison singing, accompanied and unaccompanied vocal harmonies – to suit times and seasons.

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