Sunday, 11 December 2011
|Entrance||Rejoice for ever (mcb)|
|Psalm||My Soul Rejoices (Owen Alstott)|
|Gospel Acclamation||Advent Gospel Acclamation (Alan Smith)|
|Prayers of Intercession||Through our lives (John Bell)|
|Preparation of the Gifts||O Rex Gentium (chant) & Magnificat Octavi Toni (Orlande de Lassus, 1532-1594)|
|Sanctus, Acclamation, Amen||Missal Chant|
|Agnus Dei||Missal Chant|
|Communion||Bread of Life (Bernadette Farrell)|
|Postcommunion||Rejoice in the Lord Alway (Henry Purcell, 1659-1695)|
|Recessional||Lo, he comes with clouds desending|
With the Magnificat taking the place of a Responsorial Psalm today, we took the opportunity to sing one of the great O Antiphons in its proper context, so to speak. The antiphons precede and follow the Magnificat at Vespers in the final week of Advent, so at the Preparation of the Gifts we sang Lassus’s simple setting of the canticle, alternating chant and polyphony, flanked by repetitions of the antiphon O Rex Gentium.
Taken together with pieces by Bernadette Farrell, John Bell and co., as well as the chant Mass setting and (a truncated version of) Purcell’s jubilant anthem, it made for a good mix of music.