6th Sunday of Easter (Year B, 2015)

Sunday, 10 May 2015

Entrance This joyful Eastertide
Kyrie Kyrie for 3 voices adapted from Byrd (mcb)
Gloria Psallite
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.

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