The Mass of Chrism (2013)

Thursday, 28 March 2013

Opening HymnBe thou my vision
KyrieMissal tone in English
GloriaGlory to God (Peter Jones)
Responsorial PsalmI will sing forever (mcb)
Gospel AcclamationGlory and Praise (mcb)
Procession of the OilsO Redeemer (Paul Ford/mcb)
Preparation of the GiftsO Crux Ave (Rihards Dubra, 1964-)
Sanctus, Acclamation C, AmenMissal tone in English
Agnus DeiMissal tone in English & Missa super Laudate Dominum (Orlande de Lassus, 1532-1594)
CommunionWhere two or three are gathered (Liam Lawton)
Ave Verum Corpus (Colin Mawby, 1936-)
Recessional HymnTell 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.

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