4th Sunday of Easter (Year B, 2012)

Sunday, 29 April 2012

Entrance Praise we our God with joy
Gloria Glory to God (Peter Jones)
Psalm The stone which the builders rejected (Bernadette Farrell)
Gospel Acclamation Easter Gospel Acclamation (Brian Luckner)
Preparation of the Gifts Surrexit Christus (G.B. Pergolesi, 1710-1736, arr. Richard Proulx)
Sanctus, Acclamation, Amen Spring Sanctus (mcb)
Agnus Dei Lamb of God II (mcb)
Communion Because the Lord is my shepherd (Christopher Walker)
Postcommunion Surrexit Pastor Bonus (G.P. da Palestrina, 1525-1594)
Recessional Hail Redeemer, King divine

Palestrina’s setting of today’s Communion antiphon –

The Good Shepherd has risen,
who laid down his life for his sheep
and willingly died for his flock, alleluia.

was written for male voices (ATTB), but with not much editing in order to keep the notes agreeably spaced, it works nicely for mixed voices, with the first tenor part, suitably transposed, given to the sopranos. With that, and Chris Walker’s setting of Ps 22(23), the Gospel Acclamation and our opening and closing hymns, we had a diverse range of shepherd-themed musical selections.

In addition, Bernadette Farrell’s setting of Ps 117(118) gave the assembly a significant musical role in the lengthy refrain, which was taken up with vigour.

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