Sunday, 26 February 2012
|Opening Hymn||The Church’s one foundation|
|Responsorial Psalm||God of hosts, bring us back (Sue Furlong)|
|Gospel Acclamation||Praise to you, O Christ (James Walsh)|
|Enrolment||How lovely is your dwelling place (Paul Wellicome)|
|After the Election of the Catechumens||Who calls you by name (David Haas)|
|Welcome of Candidates||In the Lord is my true salvation (Inwood/Berthier)|
|After Welcome of Candidates||All things bright and beautiful (John Rutter)|
|Prayers of Intercession||Lord in your mercy (John Bell)|
|Recessional Hymn||Thanks be to God (Stephen Dean)|
It was a special treat for the choir today to have one of our number among the candidates for reception into the Church at Easter. For the two long processions, respectively of catechumens and candidates, we had Paul Wellicome’s gentle setting of Ps 83(84) and Paul Inwood’s reworked (and I think improved) text for the Taizé refrain In the Lord.
Five minutes’ rehearsal with the assembly before the celebration began meant that Stephen Dean’s hymn of thanksgiving – not nearly as well-known as it ought to be – was sung heartily at its end.