Ordination to the Diaconate of Joseph Gee

Saturday before Epiphany

7 January 2012

Entrance Of the Father’s love begotten
Gloria Gloria de Noël (Thomas Niel)
Psalm Ps 149 (The Lord takes delight) (mcb)
Gospel Acclamation Easter Alleluia
Litany of the Saints chant
Vesting How lovely is your dwelling place (Paul Wellicome)
Kiss of Peace Si quis mihi ministraverit (chant)
Preparation of the Gifts Cantate Domino (Giuseppe Pitoni, 1657-1743)
Sanctus, Acclamation, Amen Missa Ubi Caritas (Bob Hurd)
Agnus Dei Missa Ubi Caritas
Communion (i) Bread of Life (Bernadette Farrell)
(ii) O nata lux (Thomas Tallis, c. 1505-1585)
Recessional Songs of thankfulness and praise

An ordination to the diaconate was a new experience for us, in the last 20-odd years at any rate. I thought the elements proper to the rite combined well with seasonal items appropriate to the Saturday falling before a late Epiphany.

The vesting of the new deacon calls for Ps 83(84), and we had Paul Wellicome’s gentle reflective setting. Ps 146(146) is laid down for the Kiss of Peace, but with only the Bishop and four other deacons exchanging the sign of peace with Joseph, we sang just the antiphon, taken from the Graduale. The Responsorial Psalm was from Ps 149, and we had my simple setting during the Liturgy of the Word, and Pitoni’s more boisterous rendition at the Preparation of the Gifts.

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