The Ascension of the Lord (2014)

Sunday, 1 June 2014

Entrance Praise him as he mounts the skies
Kyrie Kyrie for 3 voices adapted from Byrd (mcb)
Gloria Psallite
Psalm Ps 46 (Stephen Dean)
Gospel Acclamation Easter Alleluia (plainchant; verse Ellie Slorach)
Preparation of the Gifts Viri Galilei (William Byrd, 1540-1623)
Sanctus, Acclamation, Amen Mass of Creation (Marty Haugen)
Agnus Dei Lamb of God II (mcb)
Communion I will see you again (Psallite)
Postcommunion Laudate Dominum (W.A. Mozart, 1756-1791)
Recessional Christ Triumphant

The entrance antiphon from the Missal, the first reading (from the beginning of Acts) and the offertory antiphon from the Graduale all asked the same question:

Why are you men from Galilee standing here looking into the sky?

We sang the opening five-part chorus of Byrd’s setting, alternating the enigmatic-but-excitable narrative of the two men in white with the more solidly jubilant alleluias.

By contrast later we took words from today’s responsorial Psalm to heart:

Sing praise with all your skill

in singing Mozart’s serenely beautiful setting of the opening of Ps 116(117). Aimée Presswood sang the solo role with warmth and clarity and poise.

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