32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B) and Remembrance Sunday 2012

Sunday, 11 November 2012

Entrance Requiem Aeternam (chant)
Two minutes’ silence
Abide with me
Kyrie Mass of the Celtic Saints (Liam Lawton)
Gloria Mass of the Most Sacred Heart (Jacob Bancks)
Psalm Ps 145 (Stephen Dean)
Gospel Acclamation Salisbury Alleluia (Christopher Walker)
Preparation of the Gifts Justorum Animae (William Byrd, c. 1540-1623)
Sanctus, Acclamation, Amen German Mass (Schubert/Proulx)
Agnus Dei Lamb of God II (mcb)
Communion The Lord hears the cry of the poor (John Foley)
Postcommunion The Lord is my shepherd (John Rutter)
Recessional Lord, whose love in humble service

Two of the readings told the story of a poor widow. In the responsorial Psalm the focus broadened to the poor, the hungry, the sick and the oppressed (though widows still got a shout-out), and we echoed this in our Communion song and our final hymn.

Justorum animae is strictly one of the propers (the Offertory antiphon) for the feast of All Saints, but the text, Wisdom 3:1-3, is also a fitting accompaniment to prayers for the departed, especially as a reading at funeral Masses. William Byrd’s serene and tranquil setting, lingering on the words illi autem sunt in pace (but they are in peace), seemed a suitable choice for Remembrance Sunday.

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