31st Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A, 2011)

Entrance Lord of all hopefulness
Kyrie Belmont Mass (Christopher Walker)
Gloria Psallite Mass
Psalm Ps 130 (Paul Inwood)
Gospel Acclamation Alleluia Mode 2 (Plainchant)
Preparation of the Gifts Dear Lord and Father of mankind
Sanctus, Acclamation, Amen Belmont Mass
Agnus Dei Belmont Mass
Communion Centre of my life (Paul Inwood)
Postcommunion Pater Noster (Igor Stravinsky, 1882-1971)
Recessional Guide me, O thou great redeemer

Today’s readings offered images of parenthood. Have we not all one Father?, we were asked in the first reading from Malachi, and we heard our Lord’s answer in the reading from St Matthew’s Gospel: you have only one Father, and he is in heaven. We sang Stravinsky’s setting of the Lord’s Prayer, in which we call God Father, and obey his command (again recounted by Malachi) to glorify my name.

There were images of motherhood too, in the Responsorial Psalm, and in St Paul’s letter to the Thessalonians, but fewer choices when it came to musical settings embodying the same images.

The Communion Antiphon was from Psalm 15:

Lord, you will show me the path of life
and fill me with joy in your presence.

and our Communion processional song was Paul Inwood’s setting of this Psalm.

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