Sunday, 18 March 2012
|Entrance||Rejoice, Rejoice (Psallite)|
|Psalm||Ps 136 (Julia Rowntree)|
|Gospel Acclamation||Glory and Praise (mcb)|
|Prayers of Intercession||Lord, in your mercy (John Bell)|
|Preparation of the Gifts||God so loved the world (John Stainer, 1840-1901)|
|Sanctus, Acclamation, Amen||Mass XVII|
|Agnus Dei||Mass XVII & Missa O Quam Gloriosum (T.L. de Victoria, 1548-1611)|
|Communion||O Jerusalem (David Haas)|
|Recessional||Praise we our God with joy|
Rejoice, Jerusalem! Be glad for her, you who love her;
rejoice with her, you who mourned for her,
and you will find contentment at her consoling breasts.
- gives today its traditional title of Laetare Sunday. The Psallite setting of the antiphon takes the opening motif of Rejoice Greatly from the Messiah, and couples it with chanted verses from Ps 121(122), from which today’s Communion antiphon is also drawn.
David Haas’s lament, from Luke 13:34, kept our focus on Jerusalem. And Stainer’s dramatic, yet at times mesmerisingly peaceful anthem was the natural choice to echo today’s Gospel reading.