Palm Sunday (2013)

Sunday, 24 March 2013

Entrance Hosanna to the Son of David (Chris Mueller)
All Glory Laud and Honour
Psalm My God, my God (Alan Smith)
Gospel Acclamation Glory and Praise (mcb)
Preparation of the Gifts Stabat Mater (G.B. Pergolesi (1710-1736) & plainchant
Sanctus Missa Orbis Factor
Acclamation Missal Tone: Save us, Saviour
Agnus Dei Missa Orbis Factor & Missa O Quam Gloriosum (T.L de Victoria, 1548-1611)
Communion Father, if this cup (Stephen Dean)
Recessional My song is love unknown

We’s been singing the responsorial Psalm throughout Lent with a solo cantor singing the verses, so today we took the version of Alan Smith’s setting of Ps 21(22) published in Music for the Mass 2, rather than the choral version we’ve used in previous years. The solo voice, it seemed to me, is much better suited to the intensity of the psalmist’s lament here.

The upper voices of the choir sang the haunting opening movement of Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater, flanked by chant verses sung by the men: to follow, we had the second verse of the same hymn (Cuius animam gementem), while beforehand, we took the verse Virgo virginum praeclara, which the Liber Usualis gives as the opening verse of the alternate text to be sung to the same tune as Stabat Mater. A moving combination, anyway.

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