5th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A, 2014)

Sunday, 9 February 2014

Entrance Come, ring out your joy (17th c. Peruvian, arr. Martin Foster)
Kyrie Kyrie for 3 voices adapted from Byrd (mcb)
Gloria Mass of the Redeemer (mcb)
Psalm Ps 111 (Martin Hall)
Gospel Acclamation Here in our Midst (Peter Jones)
Preparation of the Gifts Beati Eritis (Giovanni Croce, 1557-1609)
Sanctus, Acclamation, Amen Belmont Mass (Christopher Walker)
Agnus Dei from Beneath the Tree of Life (Marty Haugen)
Communion Blest are they, the poor in spirit (David Haas)
Postcommunion O Quam Suavis (Joseph Turner, 1853-1897)
Recessional Thou whose almighty word

Light featured again this week as a theme in the readings, though this time it was as an attribute of the faithful servant, rather than of our Lord directly. The good man is a light in the darkness for the upright, ran the psalm response, the Gospel reading said you are the light of the world, and in Isaiah we heard if you give your bread to the hungry, ... your light will rise in the darkness. So I passed over Shine, Jesus, shine again (but it can’t be long now). Instead we had the words let there be light in our closing hymn. I don't know too many songs that treat light the way today’s readings did, though after the event someone mentioned Marty Haugen’s Bring forth the kingdom. Maybe next time.

Other musical choices reflected the antiphons in the Missal, Ps 94(95) at the entrance and O Quam Suavis at Communion, the latter echoing the words the hungry he fills with good things.

The other Communion antiphon for today in the Missal was from the Beatitudes (Mt 5:5-6), and as well as David Haas’s setting during the Communion procession, at the preparation of the gifts we sang Croce’s setting from a few lines later:

Blessed are you
when people insult you
and persecute you
and say all kinds of evil things about you falsely
on account of me.
Rejoice and be glad,
for your reward is great in heaven.

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