5th Sunday of Lent (Year B, 2012)

Sunday, 25 March 2012

Entrance Deep within (David Haas)
Kyrie Mass XVII
Psalm Ps 50 (Stephen Dean)
Gospel Acclamation Glory and Praise (mcb)
Prayers of Intercession Lord, in your mercy (John Bell)
Preparation of the Gifts Miserere Mei (Antonio Lotti, c.1667-1740)
Sanctus, Acclamation, Amen Mass XVII
Agnus Dei Mass XVII & Missa Aeterna Christi Munera (G.P. da Palestrina, 1525-1594)
Communion Unless a grain of wheat (Bernadette Farrell)
Postcommunion (silence)
Recessional Lift high the cross

The Lectionary prompted several of our musical choices today. From the first reading from Jeremiah, the words Deep within them I will plant my law, writing it on their hearts, were echoed in our entrance song by David Haas. We sang Bernadette Farrell’s setting of the Gospel text from John 12 at Communion, and the Lotti, like today’s responsorial psalm, was from Psalm 50.

The Gospel text also included the words when I am lifted up from the earth, I shall draw all men to myself, which we sang again in our closing hymn:

O Lord, once lifted on the tree of pain,
draw all the world to seek you once again

The words seem to be a rather clumsy rewrite of the original:

O Lord once lifted on this glorious Tree
as Thou hast promised draw men unto Thee

An internet search throws up any number of attempts at a gender-inclusive rewrite (draw us all, draw the world, and so on), but it’s more of a mystery why the cross might no longer be deemed glorious.

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