Thursday, 28 March 2013
|Opening Hymn||Be thou my vision|
|Kyrie||Missal tone in English|
|Gloria||Glory to God (Peter Jones)|
|Responsorial Psalm||I will sing forever (mcb)|
|Gospel Acclamation||Glory and Praise (mcb)|
|Procession of the Oils||O Redeemer (Paul Ford/mcb)|
|Preparation of the Gifts||O Crux Ave (Rihards Dubra, 1964-)|
|Sanctus, Acclamation C, Amen||Missal tone in English|
|Agnus Dei||Missal tone in English & Missa super Laudate Dominum (Orlande de Lassus, 1532-1594)|
|Communion||Where two or three are gathered (Liam Lawton)|
Ave Verum Corpus (Colin Mawby, 1936-)
|Recessional Hymn||Tell out, my soul|
The usual festive mix of ancient and modern for our grand, happy gathering of the Diocese. Celebration Brass made their customary splash, and the choir shone, not least in the choral items by Dubra and Mawby.
Our communion song was a fairly recent offering from the pen of Liam Lawton. The anthem-like people’s refrain is very appealing, and the assembly picked it up quickly and sang with commitment. The verses, “emulating a chant style”, it says in the publisher’s promotional material, are to my mind very weak in comparison. It’s a great pity the composer didn’t aim for something more imaginative and well-crafted. But the uplifting refrain perhaps makes up for them.