Christ the King (Year A, 2011)

Sunday, 20 November 2011

Entrance Christus Vincit
Kyrie Kyrie for 3 voices adapted from Byrd (mcb)
Gloria Psallite Mass
Psalm Ps 22 (Gélineau)
Gospel Acclamation St Agatha Alleluia (mcb)
Preparation of the Gifts Let all the world in every corner sing
Sanctus, Acclamation, Amen Mass of Creation (Marty Haugen)
Agnus Dei Lamb of God II (mcb)
Communion Te saeculorum principem (chant) & Jesus, remember me (Taizé)
Postcommunion Hallelujah (from the Messiah by G.F. Handel, 1685-1759)
Recessional Crown him with many crowns

We opened our celebration with plainchant at its most muscular – the mid-13th century Laudes Regiae from the Worcester Antiphoner, in the version reconstructed by Laurence Bévenot. This is different from the version appearing in the Roman chant books, with the latter version’s emphasis on prayers for the Church. We prayed instead chiefly for the Pope: tu illum adiuva rather than illam.

Today’s Communion antiphon from Ps 28 –
The Lord shall reign for ever and will give his people the gift of peace

was the perfect excuse for the Hallelujah chorus, echoing the first sentiment, if not so obviously the second.

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