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.