Feast of the Holy Family: Our Lady of Ransom, Rayleigh

Sunday, 30 December 2012

Entrance Unto us is born a son
Sending out of the children to LotW We are marching (Siyahamba)
Gloria Isobel Kennedy
Psalm Ps 83 (Paul Simon, adapted)
Gospel Acclamation Isobel Kennedy
Preparation of the Gifts O little town of Bethlehem
Sanctus St Anne’s Mass (James MacMillan)
Acclamation B St Columba (Irish melody)
Amen Missal tone
Agnus Dei Isobel Kennedy
Communion In the bleak midwinter (Harold Darke)
Away in a manger
Recessional What child is this?

The Cathedral choir had its customary week off for good behaviour, and I visited the parish where I spent my teenage years. Music in the parish is in the immensely capable hands of Isobel Kennedy, who with her husband Tom was today celebrating forty years of marriage. The choir did them proud, especially in the Darke In the bleak midwinter and in an energetic rendition of the MacMillan Sanctus. The responsorial psalm was cheekily adapted from Bridge over troubled water (a favourite song, I’m told, of the celebrating couple) and performed with panache by Mark Kennedy. Parish priest Fr Martin Joyce sang his part with confidence in the Eucharistic Prayer.

In all, this is a parish that knows what it’s doing.

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