22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B)

Sunday, 2 September 2012

Entrance Praise my soul, the King of heaven
Kyrie Kyrie I (Taizé)
Gloria Glory to God (Peter Jones)
Psalm The just will live (Stephen Dean)
Gospel Acclamation Easter Alleluia (chant)
Preparation of the Gifts O Lord, you are good (mcb)
Sanctus, Acclamation, Amen Mass of Creation (Marty Haugen)
Agnus Dei Take and Eat (Michael Joncas/Gary Daigle)
Communion Come to me (Martin Barry/Diane Murden)
Postcommunion Lead me, Lord (Samuel Sebastian Wesley, 1810-1876)
Recessional Tell out, my soul

A small but perfectly-formed subset of the choir reassembled for our first outing since the summer break. As usual for the first Sunday in September, we were joined by a large contingent from Province 1 of the Catenian Association, who sang with as much verve as ever. This was the first Sunday for a few years when their visit coincided not with the 23rd Sunday but the 22nd. (I wonder if they imagined until this week that the only motet we knew was Palestrina’s Sicut Cervus?)

Our song at the Preparation of the Gifts was a setting of the same psalm as the Entrance Antiphon text from Ps 85(86):

O Lord, you are good and forgiving
Full of mercy to all who call to you

while our opening hymn had similar themes taken from Ps 102(103).

The readings spoke of following the Lord’s commandments, as did Samuel Wesley’s simple choral anthem, setting the psalm verses Ps 4:8 and Ps 5:8.

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