Sunday, 24 June 2012
|Entrance||On Jordan’s bank|
|Kyrie||Kyrie for three voices, adapted from Byrd (mcb)|
|Psalm||O God, You Search Me (Bernadette Farrell)|
|Gospel Acclamation||Alleluia Mode 2 (Plainchant)|
|Preparation of the Gifts||Blest be the Lord, the God of Israel (Owen Alstott/Bernadette Farrell)|
|Sanctus, Acclamation, Amen||Mass of Creation (Marty Haugen)|
|Agnus Dei||Holy Family Mass (John Schiavone)|
|Communion||Behold the Lamb of God (Psallite)|
|Postcommunion||Et tu puer (from the Benedictus by T.L. de Victoria, 1548-1611)|
|Recessional||Forth in the peace of Christ|
The Canticle of Zechariah, or Benedictus, (from Luke 1:68-79) provided two of the key texts for singing today, in the form of the Gospel Acclamation:
As for you, little child, you shall be called a prophet of God, the Most High.
You shall go ahead of the Lord to prepare his ways before him.
and the Communion antiphon:
Through the tender mercy of our God,
The Dawn from on high will visit us.
We sang Bernadette Farrell’s setting of Owen Alstott’s versification, and then the final six verses – including those key verses – of Victoria’s setting, alternating chant and polyphony. We used the same chant tone for the Gospel Acclamation verse, which meant we sang the same words to the same tune, in both English and Latin.
For the Responsorial Psalm, we took another very fine Bernadette Farrell song, adapting it to work in responsorial fashion. The final two lines of the last verse:
For the wonder of who I am I praise you.
Safe in your hands all creation is made new.
are a good fit for the response prescribed in the Lectionary, and added to the rather “choral” arrangement of the verses in the collection Christ be our Light, it made for an appropriate distribution of labour between the assembly and the choir.