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?

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