Sunday, 18 December 2011
|Entrance||The Angel Gabriel|
|Psalm||Ps 88 (mcb)|
|Gospel Acclamation||Advent Gospel Acclamations (Alan Smith)|
|Prayers of Intercession||Through our lives (John Bell)|
|Preparation of the Gifts||Ave Maria (Franz Schubert, 1797-1828, arr. Richard Proulx)|
|Sanctus, Acclamation, Amen||Missal Chant|
|Agnus Dei||Missal Chant|
|Communion||Veni Immanuel (John Bell) & Ps 79(80)|
|Postcommunion||Rorate Caeli (Francisco Guerrero, 1528-1599)|
|Recessional||O come, O come Emmanuel|
Ave Maria is today’s Offertory antiphon. We had rehearsed settings by Elgar and Rachmaninov, in anticipation of a celebration of the feast of the Immaculate Conception that wasn’t to be, but I’m glad we settled on Schubert for today’s Annunciation-themed celebration. Richard Proulx's arrangement gives the first stanza (so to speak) to a solo soprano, sung today with luminous serenity by Gwen Leech, with the second section set for four-part choir.
The name Emmanuel appears in today’s Communion antiphon, and we echoed it in our Communion processional song, and in our jubilant final hymn.