4th Sunday of Advent (Year A, 2013)

Sunday, 22 December 2013

Entrance Come Saviour, Come/Rorate Caeli (Chant)
Kyrie Missal Chant (Lord have mercy)
Psalm Let the Lord enter in (Chris O’Hara)
Gospel Acclamation Advent Gospel Acclamation (Philip Duffy)
Creed Credo III
Preparation of the Gifts On the lips of an angel (J.S. Bach/Charles Gounod/Scott Soper)
Sanctus, Acclamation, Amen Missal Chant
Agnus Dei Missal Chant
Communion (i) O Clavis David (chant)
(ii) Bread of life (Bernadatte Farrell)
Postcommunion (silence)
Recessional O come, O come Emmanuel

Our Advent music this year has included a large measure of plainchant, to my mind rightly so in a season of restrained anticipation. More than half today’s musical fare consisted of chant items, but they all sat well together with the contemporary items by Bernadette Farrell, Chris O’Hara and the like. This to my mind is a much healthier situation than keeping chant in a ghetto surrounded by Renaissance polyphony. Chant isn’t a museum piece; it’s part of our living musical language.

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