|Entrance||Hosanna to the Son of David (Chris Mueller) |
All Glory Laud and Honour
|Psalm||Ps 21 (John Ainslie)|
|Gospel Acclamation||Glory and Praise (mcb)|
|Prayers of Intercession||Lord, in your mercy (John Bell)|
|Preparation of the Gifts||Crucifixus (Antonio Lotti, c.1667-1740)|
|Acclamation||Missal Tone: Save us, Saviour|
|Agnus Dei||Mass XVII & Missa O Quam Gloriosum (T.L. de Victoria, 1548-1611)|
|Communion||Father, if this cup (Stephen Dean)|
|Recessional||My song is love unknown|
Chris Mueller’s fanfare-like setting of today’s opening antiphon is robust and colourful, and it made for an arresting beginning to today’s celebration, as we gathered outside in some rather chilly April sunshine.
The Palm Sunday Mass shifts in mood from the acclamatory tone of the procession with the palms, to the grief of the passion. Musically we marked the change from joy to pain with Lotti’s haunting and atmospheric setting of lines from the Nicene Creed (to which we reverted today after gradually becoming familiar over the Sundays of Lent with the Apostles’ Creed), and Stephen Dean’s plaintive setting of the Communion antiphon. I’m glad that Stephen’s setting prefers the word cup to the chalice of the new Missal translation, which runs:
Father, if this chalice cannot pass without my drinking it,
your will be done.
We continued with our Lenten Gospel acclamation, with the refrain Glory and praise to you, Lord Jesus, you are the Word of God. Today’s instalment incorporates my setting of the verse text Christ was humbler yet published in Decani Music’s Resurrexit, which until now had felt to me incomplete without a people’s refrain. The two settings seem to meld together agreeably.