Requiem Mass for the Centenary of the Battle of the Somme (July 2016)

14th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C)

Sunday, 3 July 2016

Entrance (i) Requiem Aeternam (chant)
(ii) Abide with me
Kyrie Mass XVIII (at Masses of the Dead)
Gloria Psallite
Psalm Ps 65 (Monaghan/Steel)
Gospel Acclamation Easter Alleluia (plainchant)
Preparation of the Gifts When I survey the wondrous cross
Sanctus, Acclamation, Amen Mass XVIII
Agnus Dei Missa pro defunctis
Communion (i) Lux Aeterna (chant)
(ii) Come to Me (Martin Barry & Diane Murden)
Postcommunion We shall walk through the valley (trad. arr. Moses Hogan)
Recessional O day of peace

Bishop John led us in a commemoration of one of the bloodiest battles in human history (as Wikipedia puts it). Much of the music was from the plainchant requiem, but the closing hymn, to the tune of Jerusalem, was a stirring plea for an end to wars:

May swords of hate fall from our hands,
our hearts from envy find release,
till by God’s grace our warring world
shall see Christ’s promised reign of peace.

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