29th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B, 2012)

Sunday, 21 October 2012

Entrance Lord, enthroned in heavenly splendour
Kyrie Kyrie for 3 voices, adapted from Byrd (mcb)
Gloria Missa Ubi Caritas (Bob Hurd)
Psalm May your love be upon us (Daniel Bath)
Gospel Acclamation Here in our Midst (Peter Jones)
Preparation of the Gifts The Servant King (Graham Kendrick)
Sanctus, Acclamation, Amen Missa Ubi Caritas
Agnus Dei Missa Ubi Caritas
Communion Father, if this cup (Stephen Dean)
Postcommunion Crucifixus from the B Minor Mass (J.S. Bach)
Recessional Christ triumphant, ever reigning

Today’s readings speak of Jesus the suffering servant. The Crucifixus from Bach’s Mass in B Minor paints a vivid picture of our Lord’s suffering, both in the pulsing accompaniment and in the melodic strangeness of the contrapuntal entries on the word crucifixus. There’s especial drama, which we tried to bring out, in the arresting homophony on repetitions of the word passus (he suffered). Despite being the briefest miniature from an otherwise epic work, it portrays the suffering of the Passion with stark and beautiful clarity.

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