Sunday, 22 April 2012
|Entrance||At the Lamb’s high feast|
|Gloria||Mass of the Most Sacred Heart (Jacob Bancks)|
|Psalm||Ps 4 (James Walsh)|
|Gospel Acclamation||Easter Gospel Acclamation (Brian Luckner)|
|Preparation of the Gifts||Now the green blade riseth|
|Sanctus, Acclamation, Amen||Spring Sanctus (mcb)|
|Agnus Dei||Lamb of God II (mcb)|
|Communion||Touch Me and See (Psallite)|
|Postcommunion||Et Resurrexit (Claudio Monteverdi, 1567-1643)|
|Recessional||Lord, enthroned in heavenly splendour|
We resumed where we had left off on Easter Sunday, with At the Lamb’s high feast, as if underlining the continuity of the “week of weeks” that makes up the Easter season.
Today’s Gospel reading includes the words
you see how it is written that the Christ would suffer and on the third day rise from the dead
and one of the Communion antiphons echoes the same words:
Christ had to suffer and to rise from the dead on the third day.
Monteverdi’s cheery duet from Selva Morale e Spirituale of 1641 sets the similar phrase from the Nicene Creed et resurrexit tertia die. In my arrangement, the duet is shared alternately between soprano and alto and then tenor and bass: in the first half the women’s voices lead the way, with the men responding, then in the second half the roles are reversed. The final phrase sedet ad dexteram Patris breaks into four parts, in a way I trust Monteverdi wouldn’t have minded.