Mass of the Lord's Supper (Holy Thursday, 2014)

Thursday, 17 April 2013

Opening Hymn When I survey the wondrous cross
Kyrie Missa Orbis Factor listen
Gloria Psallite
Responsorial Psalm The Blessing Cup (Christopher Walker)
Gospel Acclamation Glory and Praise (mcb)
Washing of Feet If there is this love among you (Martin Barry & Diane Murden)
Preparation of the Gifts Ubi Caritas (Ola Gjeilo, 1978-) listen
Sanctus Missa Orbis Factor listen
Memorial Acclamation BMissal Tone: When we eat this Bread
Agnus Dei Missa Orbis Factor listen
Communion O Sacrum Convivium (Martin Barry)
Procession Pange Lingua (plainchant)
Stay with me (Taizé) listen

Fewer familiar faces in the congregation this year, so the singing was less enthusiastic than last year’s runaway experience with Tantum Ergo. It was good that things stayed under control this time, and the choir, though I say so myself, were in fine voice. But it's sad that so many people who attend Sunday Mass at the cathedral week in, week out, somehow don't seem to regard the Holy Thursday evening Mass (nor the Easter Vigil) as a significant fixture in their personal liturgical calendar. It's as if the 1950s reforms of the Triduum services passed people by; that is, passed the parents or grandparents of today's congregation by, with knock-on effects for future generations. Maybe a bit more catechesis on the subject is called for.

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