5th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B, 2012)

Entrance Come, ring out your joy (17th c. Peruvian, arr. Martin Foster)
Kyrie Belmont Mass (Christopher Walker)
Gloria (Peter Jones)
Psalm Ps 146 (Anne Ward)
Gospel Acclamation St Agatha Alleluia (mcb)
Preparation of the Gifts Your hands, O Lord, in days of old
Sanctus, Acclamation A, Amen Spring Sanctus (mcb)
Agnus Dei Belmont Mass
Communion Now in this banquet (Marty Haugen)
Postcommunion O Quam Suavis (William Byrd, 1540-1623)
Recessional Now thank we all our God

Our celebration for the fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time today was also offered in loving memory of our former parish sister Sr Anne O’Shea, who served the Diocese for thirty-seven years until her retirement in 2010. Her death had been expected for a little while, and we had sung her favourite hymn (Timothy Dudley-Smith’s O Christ the same, sung to the tune of O Danny boy) on the day her death was announced a couple of weeks ago. Today I looked for hymns and songs that would both respond to today’s texts from the Missal and Lectionary, and help us celebrate the life, and mourn the death, of a dear friend. Edward Plumptre’s Your hands, O Lord sings of healing, and of triumph over pain and death. And our final hymn reflected both today’s Communion antiphon –

Let them thank the Lord for his mercy,
his wonders for the children of men,
for he satisfies the thirsty soul,
and the hungry he fills with good things. (Psalm 107:8-9)

– and our thanks for a life of service lived in transparent (if occasionally crotchety) love for our community.

Today is also the feast (strictly the Memorial) of St Agatha, so we marked the occasion with a new verse for our Gospel acclamation.

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