4th Sunday of Easter (Year C, 2013)

Sunday, 21 April 2013

Entrance All people that on earth do dwell
Gloria Glory to God (Peter Jones)
Psalm We are his people (mcb)
Gospel Acclamation Easter Gospel Acclamation (Brian Luckner)
Preparation of the Gifts Christo resurgenti (François Couperin, 1668-1733)
Sanctus, Acclamation, Amen Spring Sanctus (mcb)
Agnus Dei from No Greater Love (Michael Joncas)
Communion You are the shepherd (Psallite)
Postcommunion Surrexit Pastor bonus (G.P. da Palestrina, 1525-1594)
Recessional Lord, enthroned in heavenly splendour

We had the usual array of shepherd-themed music for today’s celebration of Good Shepherd Sunday. In year C the second reading, from the book of the Apocalypse adds the image of the Lamb, and indeed shows the Lamb and the Shepherd to be one and the same:

The Lamb who is at the throne
will be their shepherd
Our closing hymn also sang of the slain Lamb:

Paschal Lamb, thine offering, finished
once for all when thou was slain,
in its fullness undiminished
shall for evermore remain.
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
Cleansing souls from every stain.

Life-imparting heavenly Manna,
stricken Rock with streaming side,
heaven and earth with loud hosanna
worship thee, the Lamb who died.
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
Risen, ascended, glorified!

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