23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B, 2012)

Sunday, 9 September 2012

Entrance Your hands, O Lord
Kyrie Kyrie Litany for Lent from Missa Ubi Caritas (Bob Hurd)
Gloria Missa Ubi Caritas
Psalm Ps 145 (Stephen Dean)
Gospel Acclamation St Agatha Alleluia (mcb)
Preparation of the Gifts Do not be afraid
Sanctus, Acclamation, Amen Missa Ubi Caritas
Agnus Dei Missa Ubi Caritas
Communion As the deer longs (Bob Hurd)
Postcommunion All things bright and beautiful (John Rutter)
Recessional Thou whose almighty Word

Tday’s Gospel reading told of the healing of a man unable to hear, or to speak clearly, and our opening and closing hymns took up the healing theme. The first reading, from Isaiah, also talked of healing, with the words Do not be afraid, and at the Preparation of the Gifts Gerald Markland’s hymn set the same words from elsewhere in Isaiah.

At the end of the Gospel story, our Lord’s act of healing is acclaimed with the words He has done all things well, a phrase echoed in Cecil Alexander’s hymn All things bright and beautiful:

He gave us eyes to see them
And lips that we might tell
How great is God Almighty
Who has made all things well

which we sang in John Rutter’s charming choral setting.

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