3rd Sunday of Lent (Year C, 2013)

Sunday, 3 March 2013

Entrance Attende Domine/Hear us, O Lord
Kyrie Missa Orbis Factor (chant)
Psalm Ps 102 (A Gregory Murray)
Gospel Acclamation Glory and Praise (mcb)
Preparation of the Gifts The Crown of Roses (P.I. Tchaikovsky, 1840-1893)
Sanctus, Acclamation, Amen Mass XVIII
Agnus Dei Mass XVIII
Communion Give us, Lord, a new heart (Bernadette Farrell)
Postcommunion (silence)
Recessional Praise my soul, the king of heaven

Charles Smith, one of our choral scholars, conducted us in Tchaikovsky’s affecting miniature, portraying the infant Christ encountering suffering while tending his garden. (It kind of tied in with the Gospel parable of the fig tree, which we heard today.) Another of our choral scholars, Tim Round, gave a confident rendition of the (immensely challenging) cantor’s part in Bernadette Farrell’s gently reflective penitential song, which we sang at Communion.

Gremlins of my own making meant that the wrong Sanctus and Agnus crept on to today’s people’s sheet. The simpler setting today made for a more vigorous response than we’ve so far had with Missa Orbis Factor, but we’ll persevere with the challenge. It’s Lent, after all.

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