Dedication of the Cathedral (2015)

Sunday, 14 June 2015

Entrance The kingdom of God
Kyrie New Mass (Daniel Bath)
Gloria Mass of the Redeemer (mcb)
Psalm Ps 91 (Geoffrey Boulton Smith)
Gospel Acclamation St Agatha Alleluia (mcb)
Preparation of the Gifts (i) Locus Iste (Anton Bruckner, 1824-1896) (ii) All things bright and beautiful
Sanctus, Acclamation, Amen Pershore Mass (Alan Smith)
Agnus Dei Paschal Mass (Alan Rees)
Communion There is one thing I ask (Chris O’Hara)
Postcommunion Adoremus in aeternum (Gregorio Allegri, c.1582-1652)
Recessional Thanks be to God (Stephen Dean)

Bishop John led us in a celebration to mark the 125th anniversary of the dedication of the Cathedral. This was the first time the feast had been marked with a solemn festive celebration (I mean of course, one involving the choir 😊) since the centenary in 1990. The relatively late decision to mark the occasion in this way meant that we mainly kept to a celebration for the 11th Sunday in Ordinary Time, including our opening hymn about the Kingdom, reflecting the Gospel reading, and the hymn at the preparation of the gifts reflecting more widely on the beauty of creation, found also in the first reading and psalm. But we made space for Bruckner’s stately paean to the mystery and sanctity of God’s house, and our song at Communion, chosen to match the 11th Sunday’s Communion antiphon, might have been selected for the feast.

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