Golden Jubilee of Priestly Ordination of Bishop Terence Brain

Feast of the Chair of St Peter

Saturday, 22 February 2014

Entrance (i) Ecce Sacerdos (T.L. de Victoria, 1548-1611)
(ii) Praise to the Lord, the almighty
Kyrie Kyrie Eleison (Bob Hurd, Missa Ubi Caritas)
Gloria Glory to God (Peter Jones)
Psalm Because the Lord is my shepherd (Christopher Walker)
Gospel Acclamation St Agatha Alleluia (mcb)
Preparation of the Gifts A Hymn to the Virgin (Benjamin Britten, 1913-1976)
Sanctus, Acclamation, Amen Missal Tone (in English)
Agnus Dei Missa Ubi Caritas (Bob Hurd)
Communion (i) Ubi Caritas (Bob Hurd)
(ii) Soul of my Saviour
Postcommunion Tu es Petrus (Maurice Duruflé, 1902-1986)
Recessional For All the Saints

Priests and people from around the Diocese, to say nothing of a couple of visiting bishops, gathered for a happy celebration of fifty years of ministry. We combined music for the occasion with music for the feast of the Chair of St Peter (lest anyone think we were singing Tu es Petrus for bishop Terence 😊). Victoria’s Ecce Sacerdos was new to us – on the few occasions we’ve needed a setting over the last twenty years or so, it’s always been Elgar. Victoria’s setting is brighter and more cheerful than Elgar’s, and it felt just right.

Britten’s A Hymn to the Virgin is a favourite piece of Bishop Terence’s. We sang it in 1997 for his installation as Bishop of Salford, and again ten years ago for his celebration of forty years of priesthood. It’s only two years until his silver jubilee of episcopal ordination, so perhaps we’ll find something different for next time.

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