Christ the King (Year A, 2014)

Sunday, 23 November 2014

Entrance Christus Vincit (chant, arr. Martin Baker)
Kyrie Mass of the Redeemer (mcb) – Penitential Act
Gloria Psallite
Psalm Because the Lord is my Shepherd (Christopher Walker)
Gospel Acclamation Salisbury Alleluia (Christopher Walker)
Preparation of the Gifts The Servant King (Graham Kendrick)
Sanctus, Acclamation, Amen German Mass (Schubert/Proulx)
Agnus Dei Mass of the Redeemer
Communion Like a shepherd he feeds his flock (Bob Dufford)
Postcommunion Hallelujah from Messiah (G.F Handel, 1685-1759)
Recessional Hail Redeemer, King Divine

The Gospel reading from Matthew telling of the sheep and goats was prefaced by a first reading and Psalm dwelling on the image of the good shepherd, and we had multiple references in our musical selections. We’ve never sung Bob Dufford’s Like a shepherd before at the Cathedral (and I can’t remember singing it anywhere in at least the last thirty years), but the simple singable refrain made me think it worth giving it a try. If I’d looked more carefully at the music in the verses, I might simply have put the book back on the shelf, though. We stuck it out with the first two, but gave verse three a miss.

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