27th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A, 2014)

Sunday, 5 October 2014

Entrance This is the Day (mcb)
Kyrie Mass of the Creator Spirit (Ed Nowak)
Gloria Mass of the Most Sacred Heart (Jacob Bancks)
Psalm Ps 79 (James Walsh/Laurence Bévenot)
Gospel Acclamation Salisbury Alleluia (Christopher Walker)
Preparation of the Gifts You are the Lord of all (Daniel Bath)
Sanctus, Acclamation, Amen Mass of the Redeemer (mcb)
Agnus Dei Mass of the Creator Spirit
Communion God of hosts, bring us back (Sue Furlong)
Postcommunion Vinea mea electa (Anon, Spanish 16th C.)
Recessional My song is love unknown

The first reading, Psalm and Gospel reading were linked by the powerful image of the vine laid waste and turned to bitterness. The same image appears on Good Friday in the third response for Tenebrae:

My chosen vine, I planted you:
How have you turned to bitterness,
that you should crucify me and release Barabbas?
I fenced round you, cleared the stones from you, and built a tower for you.

We sang an anonymous Spanish setting from (I’d guess) the sixteenth century, taking the middle section at a tempo that made the music fizz with angry reproach.

We had two settings of the Psalm, adding Sue Furlong’s more contemplative interpretation during Communion to Laurence Bévenot’s more straightforwardly declamatory setting of the verses.

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