The Easter Vigil (2015)

Saturday, 4 April 2015

 
The Service of LightLumen Christi (chanted)
ExsultetPlainchant
After 1st reading (Genesis 1)Send forth your Spirit (Stephen Dean)
After 2nd reading (Genesis 22)Preserve me, God (Patrick Killeen)
After 3rd reading (Exodus 14-15)I will sing to the Lord (Geoffrey Boulton Smith)
After 4th reading (Ezekiel 36: I shall give you a new heart)Like the deer (mcb) listen
GloriaPsallite
Easter Alleluia + Psalm 117Plainchant, verses by Paul Inwood
Blessing of WaterSprings of Water (Marty Haugen)
SprinklingVidi Aquam (T.L. de Victoria, c.1548-1611)
Universal PrayerStay with us, Lord (mcb) listen
Preparation of the GiftsDextera Domini (Orlande de Lassus, 1532-1594) listen
Sanctus, Acclamation A, AmenSpring Sanctus (mcb)
Agnus DeiLamb of God II (mcb)
CommunionNow we remain (David Haas)
DismissalGo in peace, Alleluia (chanted)
Final HymnThine be the Glory
 

A mix-up involving an absent reader meant that we omitted what was going to be the fourth of five Old Testament readings (Isaiah 55, followed by an adaptation of Bob Hurd’s With joy you shall draw water). New this year was the second reading, telling the story of Abraham and Isaac. The accompanying psalm was our first from Patrick Killeen’s collection Sing a New Psalm.

Bishop John intoned the Gloria and the Alleluia (the latter to the simple Easter tone), and sang the Preface, and his part in the dialogues in the Eucharistic Prayer and at the Dismissal. In all, it was our customary musical feast, ranging from chant, through Victoria and Lassus, to Marty Haugen and David Haas. I’d like to think our music succeeded in serving the ritual needs of a rich and complex liturgy, in a welcoming diversity of musical idioms.

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