3rd Sunday of Easter (Year B, 2012)

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.


  1. It would be interesting to know who Jacob Bancks is.

  2. Here's a biography. I dissected his Gloria at the composers' seminar in Salford last year, because it brings out the structure of the text quite effectively, and the melody in the opening and closing sections is a good strong one. (The middle section is weaker, IMHO.) It's a strange piece overall, because it has a cavalier disregard for the rules of part-writing (it's littered with consecutives, unresolved discords and the like, which might not have got past a good editor if it had been published rather than self-published.)

    I mentioned it in this post last year, but the links to the (civil and constructive) discussion I had with him no longer work, because they were at the Chant Café, where for some reason my posts tend to get deleted.