Holy Saturday – Easter Vigil

Saturday 4 April 2015
The Easter Proclamation (Peter Jones)
Psalm 15 Preserve me, God (Christopher Walker)
Exodus 15 I will sing to the Lord (Tony Barr)
Psalm 18 You, Lord, have the message of eternal life (David Ogden)
Psalm 41 Give me a new heart, O God (Christopher Walker)
Easter Alleluia (chant)
Psalm/Gospel Acclamation The stone which the builders rejected (Bernadette Farrell)
Litany of the Saints spoken over "O Lord, hear my prayer" (Taizé)
Springs of water (Alan Smith)
Sprinkling song Water of life (Stephen Dean)
Preparation song This is the night of new beginnings (Bernadette Farrell)
Eucharistic acclamations A Parish Mass (Peter Jones)
Lamb of God Aston Lamb of God (Peter Jones)
Communion procession As the deer longs (Bob Hurd)
Recessional hymn Jesus Christ is risen today

Christ is risen! Alleluia!

It is easy to for us musicians to get lost in the complexity of this, the most elaborate of the Church’s celebrations, but, for all that, there was a real sense of rejoicing and rebirth about this evening’s Easter Vigil. For sure, it could have been darker (!), but the people’s spoken and sung responses carried real conviction and joy.

One of the more significant musical casualties of the new English (?) translation of the Missal was the Exsultet. Since the new text is mandatory we can no longer use the former Missal chant – one of the classics of the chant repertoire.

Having tried the Missal chant for the Litany of the Saints last year and elicited little response, we had it spoken this year while the people sang the Taizé ‘O Lord, hear my prayer’. The verdict afterwards was that this had been little better – if anything, the people were able to respond even less than last year.

Nonetheless, Bernadette Farrell’s paraphrase of the Exultet (sung to ‘Christ, be our light’) and the final hymn, ‘Jesus Christ is risen today’ (wherein the organ’s rather fierce mixture got a rare outing), expressed what this evening was really about:

Christus resurrexit. Alleluia!

[Posted by Alan Smith]

Good Friday

Friday 3 April 2015
Responsorial Psalm Father, into your hands (chant/Geoffrey Boulton Smith)
Gospel Acclamation For me you gave up your life (Christopher Walker)
Adoration of the Cross 1: O my people (Peter Jones)
Adoration of the Cross 2: Sing my tongue the song of triumph (chant)
Communion procession 1 For me you gave up your life (Christopher Walker)
Communion procession 2 O sacred head, ill-used (JS Bach)

There was not much music today, but what there was was telling, not least our own parish priest’s very fine setting of the Reproaches.

For the second year running, the people ignored the rubric about listening to the Passion in silence and joined in with the turba parts. Oh well.

[Posted by Alan Smith]

Holy Thursday – Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper

Thursday 2 April 2015
Entrance The glory of the cross we sing
Glory to God A Parish Mass (Peter Jones)
Responsorial Psalm The blessing cup that we bless (Teresa Brown)
Gospel Acclamation Praise and honour to you (Stephen Dean)
Washing of Feet No greater love (Michael Joncas)
Preparation Where is love and loving kindness (Alan Rees OSB)
Eucharistic Acclamations A Parish Mass (Peter Jones)
Lamb of God Aston Lamb of God (Peter Jones)
Communion procession Eat this bread (Taizé)
Procession Of the glorious body telling (chant)
Watching Stay with me (Taizé)

[Posted by Alan Smith]

Palm Sunday

Sunday 29 March 2015
Opening antiphon Hosanna, Son of David (Peter Jones)
Processional 1 All glory, laud and honour
Processional 2 Ride on, ride on in majesty
Children's sending song Give me joy in my heart (Sing hosanna)
Responsorial Psalm My God, my God (Alan Smith)
Gospel Acclamation For me you gave up your life (Christopher Walker)
Preparation The Servant King (Graham Kendrick)
Eucharistic Acclamations A Parish Mass (Peter Jones)
Lamb of God Aston Lamb of God (Peter Jones)
Communion procession For me you gave up your life (Christopher Walker)

There was no final hymn; we departed in (relative) silence.

[Posted by Alan Smith]

5th Sunday of Lent

Sunday 22 March 2015
Entrance Led by the Spirit of our God
Penitential rite (spoken)
Responsorial Psalm A pure heart create for me, O God (Tony Barr)
Gospel Acclamation Praise to you, O Christ (James Walsh OSB)
Preparation Unless a grain of wheat (Bernadette Farrell)
Eucharistic Acclamations A Parish Mass (Peter Jones)
Lamb of God Aston Lamb of God (Peter Jones)
Communion procession Give me a new heart, O God (Christopher Walker)
Recessional Lord, who throughout these forty days

[Posted by Alan Smith]

4th Sunday of Lent

Sunday 15 March 2015
Entrance Come, let us go (CJM)
Penitential rite (spoken)
Responsorial Psalm O let my tongue cleave to my mouth
Gospel Acclamation Praise to you, O Jesus Christ (Alan Smith)
Preparation Awake, awake, fling off the night
Eucharistic Acclamations A Parish Mass (Peter Jones)
Lamb of God Aston Lamb of God (Peter Jones)
Communion procession God loved the world so much (Alan Smith)
Recessional Shine, Jesus, shine (Graham Kendrick)

Today’s Gospel acclamation and Communion processional songs were new and (deliberately) musically linked. What I was after was to allude to the message of the Gospel as we processed to communion. I think it worked well, so I may well create new verses for the acclamation and the song for use on other occasions.

[Posted by Alan Smith]

3rd Sunday of Lent

Sunday 8 March 2015
Entrance Lord Jesus, think on me
Penitential rite (spoken)
Responsorial Psalm You, Lord, have the message of eternal life (David Ogden)
Gospel Acclamation Praise to you, O Christ (James Walsh)
Preparation There is a longing in our hearts (Anne Quigley)
Eucharistic Acclamations A Parish Mass (Peter Jones)
Lamb of God Aston Lamb of God (Peter Jones)
Communion procession O God, I seek you (Marty Haugen)
Recessional Lord Jesus, we must know you (Margaret Clarkson)

[Posted by Alan Smith]

2nd Sunday of Lent

Sunday 1 March 2015
Entrance Come, let us go (CJM)
Penitential rite (spoken)
Responsorial Psalm I will walk in the presence of the Lord
Gospel Acclamation Praise to you, O Christ (James Walsh)
Preparation Christ be our light (Bernadette Farrell)
Eucharistic Acclamations A Parish Mass (Peter Jones)
Lamb of God Aston Lamb of God (Peter Jones)
Communion procession This is my body (Jimmy Owens)
Recessional Bring forth the kingdom (Marty Haugen)

[Posted by Alan Smith]

Rite of Election (Birmingham)

Sunday 22 March 2015
Opening hymn Lord of creation, to you be all praise
Responsorial Psalm You, Lord, have the message (David Ogden)
Gospel Acclamation Glory and praise to you, Lord! (Chris O'Hara)
During the enrolment: Remember your mercy, Lord (Paul Wellicome)
O God, you search me (Bernadette Farrell)
O God, I seek you (Marty Haugen)
I lift up my eyes to the mountains (David Ogden)
You are my help (Christina Raven)
Final hymn Church of God, elect and glorious

[Posted by Alan Smith]

6th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sunday 15 February 2015
Entrance Praise, my soul, the king of heaven
Penitential rite (spoken)
Glory to God A Parish Mass (Peter Jones)
Responsorial Psalm You are my refuge, O Lord (Alan Smith)
Gospel Acclamation Missal chant
Preparation Praise to the Lord, the Almighty
Eucharistic Acclamations A Parish Mass (Peter Jones)
Lamb of God Aston Lamb of God (Peter Jones)
Communion procession Because the Lord is my shepherd (Christopher Walker)
Recessional Praise we our God with joy

[Posted by Alan Smith]

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