Funeral of Paul Goggins MP

Thursday, 16 January 2014

Entrance Guide me, O thou great Redeemer
Psalm The Cry of the Poor (John Foley)
Gospel Acclamation Easter Alleluia (plainchant)
Preparation of the Gifts Fanfare for the Common Man (Aaron Copland) – organ
Sanctus Mass XVIII (chant)
Acclamation B St Columba (Irish melody)
Doxology & Amen Missal Tone
Communion Be thou my vision
Postcommunion Lead, kindly light
Commendation Be still, my soul
Recessional Jerusalem
Voluntary Nimrod (Edward Elgar) – organ

The cathedral was packed for a moving farewell to a faithful and dedicated public servant. There was no choir: I think plans were made without considering the possibility, and then there was a decision to keep things simple. A cantor led the Psalm and Gospel Acclamation, and the hymns in the main were those which people knew well enough to sing with vigour. (There was a tussle between anacrusic and non-anacrusic versions of Be thou my vision, inevitable when people come together from different parishes.) Anthony did a thoroughly impressive job in keeping the vast singing assembly in order from the organ.

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