Sunday, 4 November 2012
|Entrance||God is our fortress and our rock|
|Kyrie||Mass of the Celtic Saints (Liam Lawton)|
|Gloria||Mass of the Most Sacred Heart (Jacob Bancks)|
|Psalm||Ps 17 (James Walsh)|
|Gospel Acclamation||St Agatha Alleluia (mcb)|
|Preparation of the Gifts||O the love of my Lord (Estelle White)|
|Sanctus, Acclamation, Amen||German Mass (Schubert/Proulx)|
|Agnus Dei||Holy Family Mass (John Schiavone)|
|Communion||Ubi Caritas (Bob Hurd)|
|Postcommunion||Love divine, all loves excelling (Howard Goodall)|
|Recessional||God is Love, his the care|
The first reading, Psalm and Gospel reading all spoke of the commandment to love God and neighbour. It’s perhaps easier to find hymns and songs that sing of God’s love for us than of our efforts to love him, and our song at the preparation of the gifts and our postcommunion anthem were both of this kind. The Latin hymn Ubi Caritas, though, includes the words
Timeamus, et amemus Deum vivum.
(Let us fear and love the living God.)
We sang it in Bob Hurd’s gentle and reflective setting.
Our opening hymn, Michael Perry’s reworking of Luther’s Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott echoed the image of God our rock from the Responsorial Psalm. The tune, in J.S. Bach’s arrangement, was perhaps the most famous song we’d never sung, until today.