Sunday, 10 May 2015
|Entrance||This joyful Eastertide|
|Kyrie||Kyrie for 3 voices adapted from Byrd (mcb)|
|Psalm||Ps 97 (Peter Smedley)|
|Gospel Acclamation||Easter Alleluia (chant)|
|Prayers of Intercession||Stay with us, Lord (mcb)|
|Preparation of the Gifts||Greater Love Hath No Man (John Ireland, 1879-1962)|
|Sanctus, Acclamation, Amen||Spring Sanctus (mcb)|
|Agnus Dei||Lamb of God II (mcb)|
|Communion||If there is this love (Martin Barry & Diane Murden)|
|Postcommunion||If ye love me (Thomas Tallis, c.1505-1585)|
|Recessional||Come down, O love divine|
Today’s Gospel reading from John 15, a powerful excerpt from the Farewell Discourse, gave us the lines:
This is my commandment:
love one another, as I have loved you.
A man can have no greater love
than to lay down his life for his friends.
prompting both our Communion song – a reprise of our accompaniment to the Mandatum on Holy Thursday – and John Ireland’s dramatic meditation for Passiontide. The weight and scale of the latter piece’s more dramatic sections probably call for for large choral forces, but we gave, I thought, a credible rendition with just a dozen singers singing one and two to a part. Robin and Claire Wolfendale provided the solos.