15th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A, 2014)

Sunday, 13 July 2014

Entrance Thou whose almighty word
Kyrie Kyrie from Mass of the Redeemer (mcb)
Gloria Mass of the Redeemer
Psalm Ps 64 (Stuart Beer)
Gospel Acclamation Advent Gospel Acclamation (Andrew Wright) with chanted verse
Preparation of the Gifts Eye has not seen (Marty Haugen)
Sanctus, Acclamation, Amen Mass of the Redeemer
Agnus Dei Mass of the Redeemer
Communion Seed scattered and sown (Dan Feiten)
Postcommunion Tantum Ergo (Duruflé)
Recessional Love Divine

On this Sunday eighteen years ago we sang for a live televised Mass on ITV. The Psalm setting and the Gospel acclamation then were the same as today’s, and we sang another of Duruflé’s Gregorian motets, namely Ubi Caritas. On the theme of sown seed we had Bernadatte Farrell’s Unless a grain of wheat, rather than Dan Feiten’s more cheerful and musically lightweight offering (which nonetheless incorporates the rich theology of the Didache).

It’s a long time now since ITV carried regular live broadcasts of religious services, or indeed any kind of televised worship. We had a spell of about five years when we featured regularly in the same broadcaster’s My Favourite Hymns, culminating in my trad jazz arrangement of Just a closer walk with thee one Christmas morning. But it’s about ten years since this programme too had its budget axed. It was fun while it lasted.

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