26th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B, 2012)

Sunday, 30 September 2012

Entrance Bring to the Lord a glad new song (Perry/Parry)
Kyrie (Dinah Reindorf)
Gloria Psallite Mass
Psalm Ps 18 (McCarthy/Bévenot)
Gospel Acclamation Alleluia Mode 2 (Plainchant)
Preparation of the Gifts Where your treasure is (Marty Haugen)
Sanctus, Acclamation, Amen Mass of Creation (Marty Haugen)
Agnus Dei from No Greater Love (Michael Joncas)
Communion Teach me, O God (Christopher Walker)
Postcommunion Laudate Nomen Domini (Christopher Tye)
Recessional O Jesus, I have promised

Today’s Entrance Antiphon, from the Prayer of Azariah in the book of Daniel, includes the words

But give glory to your name
and deal with us according to the bounty of your mercy.

We took up the theme of praise of the Lord’s name in our postcommunion piece adapted from Tye’s Actes of the Apostles of 1553. The tortuous journey from Tye’s own doggerel to mongrel Latin text (by way of O come, ye servants of the Lord) is chronicled in this interesting piece.

For us it was actually a last-minute substitution: we had rehearsed my adaptation of Rachmaninov’s Khvalite Imya Gospodne from the Vespers. (The ‘adaptation’ consisted in shrinking it down to seven parts and translating the text from Ps 134(135) into Latin; we sang it once for a wedding, for a bride who’d evidently seen My Best Friend’s Wedding.) Finding ourselves unexpectedly understaffed for seven parts, I reached into the cupboard and found Tye’s piece, opening with the same words, which we already knew from having sung it many times in Advent to the words Rorate Caeli.

The second reading from St James sounded a gory warning for the rich. We turned to the rather more irenic setting of our Lord’s words from the Gospels, paraphrased by Marty Haugen:

Where your treasure is, there your heart shall be.
All that you possess will never set you free.
Seek the things that last; come and learn from me:
where your treasure is your heart shall be.

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