6th Sunday of Easter (Year A, 2014)

Sunday, 25 May 2014

Entrance This joyful Eastertide
Kyrie Kyrie 2 from A Community Mass (Richard Proulx)
Gloria Psallite
Psalm Ps 65 (Monaghan/Steel)
Gospel Acclamation Easter Alleluia (plainchant; verse mcb)
Preparation of the Gifts Jubilate Deo (Orlande de Lassus, 1532-1594)
Sanctus, Acclamation A, Amen Mass of Creation (Marty Haugen)
Agnus Dei Lamb of God II (mcb)
Communion Live on in my love (Psallite)
Postcommunion If ye love me (Thomas Tallis, c.1505-1585)
Recessional Alleluia, sing to Jesus

Today’s responsorial Psalm (65(66)) instructed us to Cry out with joy to God all the earth. We echoed these words in Lassus’s setting of the opening of Ps 99(100). Ellie Slorach conducted us, in an exhilarating rendition.

The consoling words of both the Gospel reading (from John 14) and the Communion antiphon:

If you love me, keep my commandments, says the Lord,
and I will ask the Father
and he will send you another Paraclete,
to abide with you for ever, alleluia.

made for a gentle contrast with the exuberance of the Psalm. We sang, as usual for this Sunday, Tallis’s serene and uncluttered setting, conducted this time by Aimee Presswood. The Gospel reading had further words of consolation:

I will not leave you orphans;
I will come back to you.
which we celebrated in the second verse of our recessional hymn.

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