4th Sunday of Lent (Year B, 2012)

Sunday, 18 March 2012

Entrance Rejoice, Rejoice (Psallite)
Kyrie Mass XVII
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)
Postcommunion (silence)
Recessional Praise we our God with joy

The Entrance antiphon -

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.

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