The Mass of Chrism (2016)

Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Opening HymnO God beyond all praising
KyrieKyrie Eleison fromMissa Ubi Caritas (Bob Hurd)
GloriaGlory to God (Peter Jones)
Responsorial PsalmI will sing forever (mcb)
Gospel AcclamationGlory and Praise (mcb)
Procession of the OilsO Redeemer (Paul Ford/mcb)
Preparation of the GiftsHear my prayer, O Lord (Henry Purcell, 1659-1695)
Sanctus, Acclamation B, AmenMissal tone in English
Agnus DeiMass XVIII (chant) & Missa Aeterna Christi Munera (G.P. de Palestrina, c.1525-1594)
CommunionO Lord, I will sing of your constant love (Christopher Walker)
Prayer of St Richard of Chichester (Malcolm Archer)
Now we remain (David Haas)
Recessional HymnPraise to the Holiest

It was a new departure (and, I’m told, a permanent change) to have the Mass of Chrism on morning of the Wednesday of Holy Week, rather than the Thursday. From the musicians’ point of view, once diaries were brought up to date with the late-breaking announcement of the change, it probably makes life easier, with the week’s exertions spread over one more day, and the the luxury of a whole rehearsal later the same day dedicated to the impending Triduum.

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