Sunday, 16 December 2012
|Entrance||Rejoice for ever (mcb)|
|Psalm||Isaiah 12 (Laurence Bévenot)|
|Gospel Acclamation||Advent Gospel Acclamations (Alan Smith)|
|Preparation of the Gifts||Adam lay ybounden (Boris Ord, 1897-1961)|
|Sanctus, Acclamation, Amen||Missal Chant|
|Agnus Dei||Missal Chant|
|Communion||O Radix Jesse |
Be strong, our God will come to save us (Psallite)
|Postcommunion||Rejoice in the Lord alway (anon. c. 1600)|
|Recessional||Hail to the Lord’s anointed|
Plenty of rejoicing for Gaudete Sunday, in keeping with St Paul’s instruction in the entrance antiphon:
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I say, rejoice.
repeated in the second reading. Musical offerings on this theme included our opening song, our motet after Communion, and the responsorial psalm with its response Sing and shout for joy, for great in your midst is the Holy One of Israel.
There was rejoicing too in Boris Ord’s setting of the famous macaronic poem from the Sloane Manuscript of c. 1400, the concluding Deo Gratias extolling Adam and Eve’s felix culpa that brought about not only the fall but also our redemption.