Mass of the Lord’s Supper (2018)

Holy Thursday, 29 March 2018

 
Opening Hymn The Glory of the Cross (John Ainslie)
Kyrie Mass XVII (chant)
Gloria Psallite
Responsorial Psalm The Blessing Cup (Christopher Walker)
Gospel Acclamation Glory and Praise (mcb)
Washing of Feet If there is this love among you (Martin Barry & Diane Murden)
Preparation of the Gifts Ubi Caritas (Bob Hurd)
Sanctus Mass XVII
Memorial Acclamation B, AmenMissal Tone
Agnus Dei Mass XVII & Mass in A minor (Claudio Casciolini, 1697-1760)
Communion O Sacrum Convivium (mcb)
Procession Pange Lingua (plainchant)
Stay with me (Taizé)
 

The Mass of Chrism (2018)

Wednesday, 28 April 2018

 
Opening HymnPraise to the Lord, the Almighty
KyrieKyrie 2 from A Community Mass (Richard Proulx)
GloriaPsallite
Responsorial PsalmI will sing forever of your love (mcb)
Gospel AcclamationGlory and Praise (mcb)
Procession of the OilsO Redeemer (Paul Ford/mcb)
Preparation of the GiftsA joy for all the earth (Ephrem Feeley)
Sanctus, Acclamation C, AmenMissal tone in English
Agnus DeiMass XVIII (chant) & Mass in A minor (Claudio Casciolini, 1697-1760)
CommunionCome and eat this bread (Marty Haugen)
Christus Factus Est (Felice Anerio, 1560-1614)
O bread of heaven
Cantique de Jean Racine (Gabriel Fauré, 1845-1924)
Recessional HymnHoly God, we praise thy name
 

Ephrem Feeley’s A joy for all the earth is the official hymn for the World Meeting of Families 2018, taking in place in Dublin in August. Inspired by the document Amoris Laetitiathe Joy of Love – written in 2016 by Pope Francis following the Synods on the Family held the preceding two years, the text sets well-known words from 1 Corinthians 13, with a simple but strong people’s refrain. It was a good choice for our annual grand gathering of the Diocesan family.

Palm Sunday (Year B, 2018)

Sunday, 25 March 2018

 
Entrance Hosanna Filio David (Victoria)
All Glory Laud and Honour
Psalm My God, my God (John Ainslie)
Gospel Acclamation Glory and Praise (mcb)
Preparation of the Gifts O Crux Ave (Rihards Dubra, b. 1964)
Sanctus, Acclamation A, Amen Mass XVII
Agnus Dei Mass XVII
Communion Father, if this cup (Stephen Dean)
Recessional My song is love unknown
 

Our responsorial psalm was a new setting by John Ainslie, taken from his yet unpublished collection Sing the Psalms Lyrically.

5th Sunday of Lent (Year B, 2018)

Sunday, 18 March 2018

 
Entrance Unless a grain of wheat (Bernadette Farrell)
Kyrie Mass XVII
Psalm Ps 50 (Tony Barr)
Gospel Acclamation Glory and Praise (mcb)
Preparation of the Gifts Thou knowest, Lord, the secrets of our hearts (Henry Purcell, 1659-1695)
Sanctus, Acclamation A, Amen Mass XVII
Agnus Dei Mass XVII
Communion Give us Lord, a new heart (Bernadette Farrell)
Recessional Praise to the holiest
 

4th Sunday of Lent (Year B, 2018)

Sunday, 11 March 2018

 
Entrance Rejoice, the Lord is King
Kyrie Mass XVII
Psalm Ps 136 (Julia Rowntree)
Gospel Acclamation Glory and Praise (mcb)
Preparation of the Gifts God so loved the world (John Stainer, 1840-1901)
Sanctus, Acclamation A, Amen Mass XVII
Agnus Dei Mass XVII
Communion O Jerusalem (David Haas)
Recessional Praise we our God with joy
 

3rd Sunday of Lent (Year B, 2018)

Sunday, 4 March 2018

 
Entrance When I survey the wondrous cross
Kyrie Mass XVII
Psalm Ps 18 (Geoffrey Boulton Smith)
Gospel Acclamation Glory and Praise (mcb)
Preparation of the Gifts How lovely are thy dwellings (Johannes Brahms, 1833-1897)
Sanctus, Acclamation A, Amen Mass XVII
Agnus Dei Mass XVII
Communion Crucem tuam (Taizé)
Recessional Christ triumphant
 

At the Preparation of the Gifts, we sang words from the Brahms Requiem, echoed in today’s Communion Antiphon: Blessed are they who dwell in your house, for ever singing your praise.

2nd Sunday of Lent (Year B, 2018)

Sunday, 25 February 2018

 
Entrance Be still for the presence of the Lord
Kyrie Mass XVII
Psalm Ps 115 (McCarthy/Bévenot)
Gospel Acclamation Glory and Praise (mcb)
Preparation of the Gifts Visionem Quam Vidistis (Malcolm Hill, b. 1944)
Sanctus, Acclamation A, Amen Mass XVII
Agnus Dei Mass XVII
Communion Turn to me (John Foley)
Recessional Immortal, Invisible
 

At the end of today’s Gospel narrative of the Transfiguration, we hear Jesus’s stern instruction: As they came down from the mountain he warned them to tell no one what they had seen, until after the Son of Man had risen from the dead. (Mark 9:2-10). Malcolm Hill’s fiery medieval dance-like setting takes the corresponding words from Matthew, where our Lord’s words are given directly rather than reported: Tell no one about the vision you have seen, until the Son of Man has risen from the dead. (Mt 17:9) The music, to my untutored ear reminiscent of Machaut or something similar from the fourteenth century*, was written in 1971 for the choir of St Mary the Virgin, Primrose Hill, where the composer was organist and choirmaster. An interesting find on the ICSLP web site.

*update: a bit of digging suggests maybe Léonin or Pérotin, which would make it late twelfth or early thirteenth century respectively. Medieval Parisian, anyway. Anyone more knowledgeable care to offer an opinion?

1st Sunday of Lent (Year B, 2018)

Sunday, 18 February 2018

 
Entrance Led by the Spirit (Bob Hurd)
Kyrie Mass XVII (chant)
Psalm Ps 24 (Boulton Smith/Dean)
Gospel Acclamation Glory and Praise (mcb)
Intercessions (said)
Preparation of the Gifts Emendemus in Melius (William Byrd, c. 1540-1623)
Sanctus, Acclamation A, Amen Mass XVII
Agnus Dei Mass XVII
Communion Not on bread alone are we nourished (Psallite)
Recessional Guide me, O thou great redeemer

Ash Wednesday (2018)

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

 
Entrance Lord Jesus, think on me
Psalm Ps 50 (Stephen Dean)
Gospel Acclamation Glory and Praise (mcb)
Imposition of Ashes Lord, Cleanse my heart (Psallite)
Preparation of the Gifts Miserere Mei (Orlande de Lassus, 1532-1594)
Sanctus, Acclamation A, Amen Mass XVII (chant)
Agnus Dei Mass XVII
Communion Bless the Lord, my soul (Taizé)
Recessional Our Father, we have wandered
 

6th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B, 2018)

Sunday, 11 February 2018

 
Entrance Christ is made the sure foundation
Kyrie Community Mass Kyrie 2 (Richard Proulx)
Gloria Psallite
Psalm Ps 31 (Dean/Forrester)
Gospel Acclamation Here in our Midst (Peter Jones)
Preparation of the Gifts You are my hiding place (Michael Ledner)
Exsultate Justi (Lodovico Grossi da Viadana, 1560-1627)
Sanctus, Acclamation A, Amen German Mass (Schubert, arr. Proulx)
Agnus Dei Hurd Mass
Communion Forget not what God has done (Marty Haugen)
Recessional Alleluia, sing to Jesus

5th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B, 2018)

Sunday, 4 February 2018

 
Entrance Come, ring out your joy (17th c. Peruvian, arr. Martin Foster)
Kyrie Community Mass Kyrie 2 (Richard Proulx)
Gloria Psallite
Psalm Ps 146 (Ward/Bévenot)
Gospel Acclamation Here in our Midst (Peter Jones)
Preparation of the Gifts We cannot measure how you heal
Locus Iste (Anton Bruckner, 1824-1896)
Sanctus, Acclamation A, Amen German Mass (Schubert, arr. Proulx)
Agnus Dei Hurd Mass
Communion Eye has not seen (Marty Haugen)
Recessional Tell out, my soul
 

4th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B, 2018)

Sunday, 28 January 2018

 
Entrance Save us, Lord our God (Christopher Walker)
Kyrie Community Mass Kyrie 2 (Richard Proulx)
Gloria Psallite
Psalm Listen to the voice of the Lord (Patrick Geary)
Gospel Acclamation Here in our Midst (Peter Jones)
Preparation of the Gifts Lord, for tomorrow
A song of the light (Simon Lole, b.1957)
Sanctus, Acclamation A, Amen German Mass (Schubert, arr. Proulx)
Agnus Dei Hurd Mass
Communion Blest are they, the poor in spirit (David Haas)
Recessional Your hands, O Lord, in days of old
 

3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B, 2018)

Sunday, 21 January 2018

 
Entrance Awake, awake, fling off the night
Kyrie Community Mass Kyrie 2 (Proulx)
Gloria Psallite
Psalm Ps 24 (Boulton Smith/Dean)
Gospel Acclamation Here in our Midst (Peter Jones)
Preparation of the Gifts God has chosen me (Bernadette Farrell)
Cantate Domino (Giuseppe Pitoni, 1657-1743)
Sanctus, Acclamation A, Amen German Mass (Schubert, arr. Proulx)
Agnus Dei Hurd Mass
Communion Teach me, O God (Christopher Walker)
Recessional God whose almighty Word

2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B, 2018)

Sunday, 14 January 2018

 
Entrance Dear Lord and Father of mankind
Kyrie Community Mass Kyrie 2 (Richard Proulx)
Gloria Psallite
Psalm Ps 39 (Paul Inwood)
Gospel Acclamation Here in our Midst (Peter Jones)
Preparation of the Gifts The Lamb (John Tavener, 1944-2013)
Will you come and follow me
Sanctus, Acclamation A, Amen German Mass (Schubert, arr. Proulx)
Agnus Dei Hurd Mass
Communion Jesus, Lamb of God (Bernadette Farrell)
Recessional Forth in the peace of Christ
 

The Epiphany (2018)

Sunday, 7 January 2018

 
Entrance O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness
Kyrie Kyrie Eleison (Missa Ubi Caritas – Bob Hurd)
Gloria Missa Ubi Caritas
Psalm Every Nation on Earth (Marty Haugen)
Gospel Acclamation St Agatha Alleluia (mcb)
Preparation of the Gifts Bethlehem Down (Peter Warlock, 1894-1930)
Angel voices richly blending
Sanctus, Acclamation A, Amen Missa Ubi Caritas
Agnus Dei Missa Ubi Caritas
Communion Laudate Omnes Gentes (Taizé) & Reges Tharsis (chant)
Recessional The First Nowell
 

Christmas Day (2017)

Sunday, 25 December 2017

 
Entrance Hodie Christus natus (chant)
O Come all ye faithful
Kyrie Kyrie Eleison (Missa Ubi Caritas, Bob Hurd)
Gloria Missa Ubi Caritas
Psalm All the ends of the earth (Alan Johnson)
Gospel Acclamation St Agatha Alleluia (mcb)
Preparation of the Gifts God rest you merry, gentlemen
Sanctus, Acclamation A, Amen Missa Ubi Caritas
Agnus Dei Missa Ubi Caritas
Communion O little town of Bethlehem
Postcommunion Coventry Carol (Anon. 14th c., arr Shaw)
Recessional Hark, the herald angels sing

The usual robust fare for men’s voices!

The Nativity of the Lord: Mass during the night (2017)

Saturday, 24 December 2016

 
Opening Hymn Adeste Fideles
Reading Isaiah 11:1-10 (A shoot springs from the stock of Jesse)
Choir Lo, how a rose e’er blooming (David Blackwell)
Hymn Once in royal David’s city
Reading Micah 5:1-4 (Out of you, Bethlehem, will be born the one…)
Choir Candlelight Carol (John Rutter)
Hymn O little town of Bethlehem
Reading Isaiah 52: 7-10 (How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of one…)
  Christmas Proclamation
Gloria Missa Ubi Caritas (Bob Hurd)
Reading Isaiah 9:2-7 (The people that walked in darkness)
Psalm Today a Saviour has been born (Martin Foster)
Reading Titus 2:11-14 (God’s grace has been revealed)
Gospel Acclamation St Agatha Alleluia (mcb)
Reading Luke 2:1-14 (The Nativity)
Creed Credo III & Et Incarnatus from the Mass for three voices (William Byrd, c.1540-1623)
Preparation of the gifts In the bleak midwinter (Holst)
Sanctus, Acclamation A, Amen Missa Ubi Caritas (Bob Hurd)
Agnus Dei Missa Ubi Caritas
Communion My Lord has come (Will Todd) – Choir
Silent Night
Recessional Hark the herald angels sing

We kept to last year’s pattern, which seemed to work so well. Bob Hurd’s vigorous and festive setting of the Gloria was given added energy by the addition of brass and drum.

4th Sunday of Advent (Year B, 2017)

Sunday, 24 December 2017

 
Entrance The Angel Gabriel
Kyrie Missal Chant
Psalm Ps 88 (mcb)
Gospel Acclamation Alleluia: Show us your mercy (Alan Rees)
Preparation of the Gifts Ave Maria (Franz Schubert, 1797-1828, arr. Proulx)
Sanctus, Acclamation A, Amen Simple Sanctus (mcb)
Agnus Dei Missal Chant
Communion O Clavis David (chant)
Come Saviour, come like dew
Recessional O come, O come Emmanuel
 

On the most ‘Marian’ regular Sunday of the liturgical year, we sang Richard Proulx’s arrangement of Schubert’s gem, setting the Latin text of the prayer firstly for soloist (on this occasion choral scholar Chris Warrington), and then for four-part choir.

3rd Sunday of Advent (Year B, 2017)

Sunday, 17 December 2017

 
Entrance Rejoice for ever (mcb)
Kyrie Missal Chant
Psalm My Soul Rejoices (Owen Alstott)
Gospel Acclamation Alleluia: Show us your mercy (Alan Rees)
Preparation of the Gifts O Radix Jesse (chant)
Magnificat Octavi Toni (Orlande de Lassus, 1532-1594)
Sanctus, Acclamation A, Amen Simple Sanctus (mcb)
Agnus Dei Missal Chant
Communion Be strong, our God will come (Psallite)
Recessional Hark! a herald voice
 

2nd Sunday of Advent (Year B, 2017)

Sunday, 10 December 2017

 
Entrance Song of Consolation (Peter Jones)
Kyrie Missal Chant
Psalm Ps 84 (Elsie Wright)
Gospel Acclamation Alleluia: Show us your mercy (Alan Rees)
Preparation of the Gifts Adam lay ybounden (Boris Ord, 1897-1961)
Sanctus, Acclamation A, Amen Simple Sanctus (mcb)
Agnus Dei Missal Chant
Communion O Adonai (chant)
Wait for the Lord (Taizé)
Recessional Come, thou long-expected Jesus
 

Christmas is Coming! (2017)

Music and Readings for Advent and Christmas

Sunday, 3 December 2017

 
Cathedral Choir & Notability There is no rose (Alan Smith)
All O Come, O come Emmanuel
Cathedral Choir Wake, o wake with tidings thrilling (Philipp Nicolai/ J.S Bach)
Adam lay ybounden (Boris Ord)
All The angel Gabriel
Notability The night he was born (Helen Dunmore/Bob Chilcott)
Mary, did you know? (Mark Lowry/Buddy Greene)
Anthony Hunt Schlafe, mein Liebster (J. S. Bach)
All Once in royal David’s city
Notability Stille Nacht
Born on a New Day (John David)
Cathedral Choir Lo, how a rose e’er blooming (David Blackwell)
Cathedral Choir & Notability My Lord has come (Will Todd)
All God rest ye merry, gentlemen
All Lo he comes with clouds descending
Anthony Hunt Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland (J.S. Bach)

1st Sunday of Advent (Year B, 2017)

Sunday, 3 December 2017

 
Entrance Let all mortal flesh keep silence
Kyrie Missal Chant in English
Psalm God of hosts, bring us back (Sue Furlong)
Gospel Acclamation Alleluia: Show us your mercy (Alan Rees)
Preparation of the Gifts Wake, O Wake with tidings thrilling (Philipp Nicolai, 1556-1608, arr. mcb, & J. S. Bach, 1685-1750)
Sanctus, Acclamation B, Amen Simple Sanctus (mcb)
Agnus Dei Missal Chant in English
Communion O Sapientia (chant)
To you, O lord, I lift my soul (Marty Haugen)
Recessional Lo he comes with clouds descending
 

A return to my Simple Sanctus for Advent, this time sung a cappella.

Christ the King (Year A, 2017)

Sunday 26 November 2017

 
Entrance Crown him with many crowns
Kyrie Mass of the Redeemer - Kyrie (mcb)
Gloria Mass of the Redeemer (mcb)
Psalm Because the Lord is my Shepherd (Christopher Walker)
Gospel Acclamation Advent Gospel Acclamation (Andrew Wright) with chanted verse
Preparation of the Gifts Christ be our light (Bernadette Farrell)
Sanctus, Acclamation A, Amen Mass of Christ the Saviour (Dan Schutte)
Agnus Dei Mass of the Redeemer (mcb)
Communion Christ our peace (Marty Haugen)
Postcommunion Jesu, joy of man’s desiring (J.S. Bach, 1685-1750)
Recessional Hail Redeemer, King divine

33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A, 2017)

Sunday, 19 November 2017

 
Entrance Awake, awake, fling off the night
Kyrie Mass of the Redeemer - Kyrie (mcb)
Gloria Mass of the Redeemer (mcb)
Psalm O Blessed are those (Paul Inwood)
Gospel Acclamation Advent Gospel Acclamation (Andrew Wright) with chanted verse
Preparation of the Gifts Brother, sister, let me serve you
Sanctus, Acclamation A, Amen Mass of Christ the Saviour (Dan Schutte)
Agnus Dei Mass of the Redeemer (mcb)
Communion Take, O take me as I am (John Bell)
Postcommunion Prayer of St Richard of Chichester (Malcolm Archer)
Recessional O praise ye the Lord

32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A, 2017)

Remembrance Sunday

Sunday, 12 November 2017

 
Entrance (i) Requiem Aeternam (chant)
(ii) Last Post
(iii) Abide with me
Kyrie Mass of the Redeemer – Kyrie (mcb)
Gloria Mass of the Redeemer (mcb)
Psalm Ps 62 (James Walsh)
Gospel Acclamation Advent Gospel Acclamation (Andrew Wright) with chanted verse
Preparation of the Gifts O God I seek you (Marty Haugen)
Sanctus, Acclamation A, Amen Mass of Christ the Saviour (Dan Schutte)
Agnus Dei Mass of the Redeemer (mcb)
Communion Come and eat this bread (Marty Haugen)
Postcommunion Wisdom, Come Softly (Martin Barry & Diane Murden)
Recessional The king of love my shepherd is
 

Our usual pattern for Remembrance Sunday, with the addition, as on Friday, of the last post, supplied in a haunting rendition by Chris Warrington.

Centenary of the Battle of Passchendaele

Friday, 10 November 2017

 
Entrance (i) Requiem Aeternam (chant)
(ii) Abide with me
Kyrie Missa pro defunctis
Psalm His goodness shall follow me (Chris O’Hara)
Gospel Acclamation Alleluia Mode 2 (plainchant)
Preparation of the Gifts Justorum Animae (R.R. Terry, 1865-1938)
Sanctus, Acclamation A, Amen Missa pro defunctis
Agnus Dei Missa pro defunctis
Communion Come to Me (Martin Barry & Diane Murden)
Postcommunion In Paradisum (Gabriel Fauré , 1845-1924)
2 minutes’ silence
Last Post
Recessional O Day of Peace

Mainly plainchant for a solemn occasion with Bishop John, with some other gentle, thoughtful items, including Fauré’s angelic setting of the prayer invoking the heavenly welcoming committee (as a blog somewhere puts it).

Chris Warrington played the last post after our two minutes’ silence.