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.