Ordination to the Priesthood of Nathan Horne and Frank Mulgrew

Saturday, 13 July 2013

Entrance Hail, Redeemer, King Divine
Kyrie Kyrie Eleison from Missa Ubi Caritas (Bob Hurd)
Gloria Glory to God (Peter Jones)
Psalm Because the Lord is my Shepherd (Christopher Walker)
Gospel Acclamation Celtic Alleluia (Fintan O’Carroll)
Litany of the Saints Chant
Illustrative Rites Veni Creator Spiritus (Chant & T.L de Victoria, c. 1548-1611)
Kiss of Peace Ubi Caritas (Taizé)
Preparation of the Gifts Salve Regina (Francis Poulenc, 1899-1963)
Sanctus, Acclamation B, Amen Mass of Creation (Marty Haugen)
Agnus Dei Mass XVIII & Missa Aeterna Christi Munera (G. P. da Palestrina, 1525-1594)
Communion (i) In love for me (Jimmy & Carol Owens)
(ii) Cantique de Jean Racine (Gabriel Fauré, 1845-1924)
(iii) Soul of my Saviour
Postcommunion When it’s all been said and done (Jim Cowan)
Recessional Hail, Queen of Heaven

Every inch of the Cathedral was packed for today’s rich and remarkable, solemn and joyful celebration, which, Bishop Terence pointed out, might be his last ordination of priests as bishop of the diocese. Musically there was something for everyone, with popular hymns sung with moving commitment, and ritual music ranging from plainchant to Marty Haugen. Celebration Brass were in attendance, and there were choral gems from Palestrina to Poulenc.

The cantor for the Psalm was Dana, with the choir providing discreet backing vocals, and the reflective postcommunion song was sung by sisters of one of the ordinands, Frank Mulgrew.

The showbusiness connections of the Mulgrew family meant that there were plenty of famous faces in the congregation (and even a papal knight sporting an impressive-looking sword seated in uniform in the sanctuary). But the enormous queues formed by those waiting for blessings from the new priests after the service, which entirely dwarfed the queues for the buffet lunch afterwards, were perhaps the surest sign that today was something special.

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