Mass of Thanksgiving for the Pontificate of Pope Benedict XVI

Thursday, 28 February 2013

Entrance Faith of our fathers
Kyrie Missa Orbis Factor
Psalm Ps 1 (Paul Inwood)
Gospel Acclamation Glory and Praise (mcb)
Preparation of the Gifts Tu es Petrus (Jacobus Clemens non Papa, c.1510-c.1556)
Sanctus, Acclamation C, Amen Mass XVIII & Missal tones
Agnus Dei Mass XVIII & Missa Aeterna Christi Munera (G.P. da Palestrina, 1525-1594)
Communion Come to Me (Martin Barry/Diane Murden)
Postcommunion (silence)
Recessional Full in the panting heart of Rome (words: Joanna Bogle and Fiorella Sultana de Maria)

Strictly speaking, by the time our celebration began we were into sede vacante, but the management felt that a few rousing choruses of God bless our Pope would nonetheless give people a needed opportunity to wish Pope Benedict well on the way to retirement. I steered proceedings away from the triumphalism of Cardinal Wiseman’s original version, towards the updated version published in Faith magazine in July 2005.

All the same, it not unexpectedly felt as though relatively few in the congregation were familiar with the tune, which I think is called Wiseman.

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