2nd Sunday of Lent

Sunday 21 February 2016
Entrance How good, Lord, to be here!
Penitential Rite Parish Mass (Peter Jones)
Responsorial Psalm The Lord is my light (Celtic Mass, Walker)
Gospel Acclamation Praise to you, O Christ (Walsh)
Preparation Be still, for the presence of the Lord
Eucharistic Acclamations Parish Mass (Peter Jones)
Lamb of God Aston Lamb of God (Peter Jones)
Communion procession Hymn for the Year of Mercy (Inwood)
Recessional O raise your eyes on high and see

Today’s Gospel reading recounts the Transfiguration of Christ, and the music choices focus on this. Christopher Walker’s psalm setting is one of the simplest and most lyrical in the repertoire and it can be found in his Celtic Mass (NB not the same as his Celtic Liturgy) or as a separate octavo from OCP.

[Posted by Alan Smith]

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1st Sunday of Lent

Sunday 14 February 2016
Entrance Lead us, heavenly Father, lead us
Responsorial Psalm Be with me, Lord, in my distress. (Mawby)
Gospel Acclamation Praise to you, O Christ (Walsh)
Preparation Be thou my vision
Eucharistic Acclamations Parish Mass (Peter Jones)
Lamb of God Aston Lamb of God (Peter Jones)
Communion procession Hymn for the Year of Mercy (Inwood)
Recessional Lord Jesus, think on me

[Posted by Alan Smith]

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5th Sunday in Ordinary Time (C)

Sunday 7 February 2016
Entrance Holy, holy, holy! Lord God almighty!
Glory to God Gloria in excess Deo (David Saint)
Responsorial Psalm Before the angels I will bless you, O Lord (Responsorial Psalm Book)
Gospel Acclamation Celtic Alleluia
Preparation Dear Lord and Father of mankind
Eucharistic Acclamations Revised Gathering Mass (Paul Inwood)
Lamb of God Aston Lamb of God (Peter Jones)
Communion procession I, the Lord of sea and sky (Dan Schutte)
Recessional Will you come and follow me (John Bell)

[Posted by Alan Smith]

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All Saints

Sunday 1 November 2015
Entrance Holy God, we praise your name
Penitential rite (spoken)
Glory to God Mass of St Kenelm (Alan Smith)
Responsorial Psalm Such are the ones who seek your face
Gospel Acclamation Celtic Alleluia
Preparation By all your saints still striving
Eucharistic Acclamations A Parish Mass (Peter Jones)
Lamb of God Mass of St Kenelm (Alan Smith)
Communion procession This is my body (Jummy Owens)
Recessional For all the saints

Not at a lot of people know that ‘Holy God, we praise your name’ is a paraphrase of the Te Deum, and therefore highly appropriate for today’s celebration.

We tweaked the words of the psalm somewhat today in recognition of the fact that many of the saints are female.

[Posted by Alan Smith]

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30th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sunday 25 October 2015
Entrance Gather us in
Penitential rite (spoken)
Glory to God Mass of St Kenelm (Alan Smith)
Responsorial Psalm May your love be upon us, O Lord (Alan Smith)
Gospel Acclamation Celtic Alleluia
Preparation Thou, whose almighty word
Eucharistic Acclamations A Parish Mass (Peter Jones)
Lamb of God Mass of St Kenelm (Alan Smith)
Communion procession One thing I ask of the Lord (Stephen Dean)
Recessional Christ, be our light!

[Posted by Alan Smith]

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29th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sunday 18 October 2015
Entrance Majesty
Penitential rite (spoken)
Glory to God Mass of St Kenelm (Alan Smith)
Responsorial Psalm May your love be upon us, O Lord (Alan Smith)
Gospel Acclamation Celtic Alleluia
Preparation When I survey the wondrous cross
Eucharistic Acclamations A Parish Mass (Peter Jones)
Lamb of God Mass of St Kenelm (Alan Smith)
Communion procession Unless a grain of wheat (Bernadette Farrell)
Recessional Father, Lord of all creation

[Posted by Alan Smith]

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SSG Composers’ Forum meeting in London

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The SSG Composers’ Forum met at St Joseph’s, Islington, yesterday. We were made most welcome by Sylvia (organist), Martin (cantor and SSG member) and Fr Peter. The meeting was well attended and much excellent music was discussed. As usual, most of us went away with plenty to think about concerning our ‘works in progress’. We also took time to sing and discuss the newly published Hymn for the Holy Year of Mercy (words by Eugenio Costa and music by Paul Inwood).

All being well, we shall meet here again for our Autumn 2016 meeting. It certainly is an historic area: Wesley’s Chapel is on nearby Bunhill Row, and John Ainslie and I passed the tombs of Wesley, Bunyan, Defoe and Blake in Bunhill Churchyard on our way back to the tube station.

I will write a fuller account of this meeting in the next issue of Music and Liturgy.

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28th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sunday 11 October 2015
Entrance All people that on earth do dwell
Penitential rite (spoken)
Glory to God Mass of St Kenelm (Alan Smith)
Responsorial Psalm Fill us, Lord, with your love (Christopher Walker)
Gospel Acclamation Celtic Alleluia
Preparation Word of God, come down on earth
Eucharistic Acclamations A Parish Mass (Peter Jones)
Lamb of God Mass of St Kenelm (Alan Smith)
Communion procession We hold a treasure (John Foley)
Recessional All my hope on God is founded

The beautiful Lutheran choral tune Liebster Jesu has an unusual metre (78 78 88) and James Quinn’s Word of God, come down on earth must surely have been written to it. In fact, I know of no other English texts that fit it. Unsurprisingly, therefore, our people did not know it. However, a public rehearsal with the choir before Mass ensured that everyone had a good shot at it at the appropriate time. A useful addition to our repertoire, not least because I can now play chorale preludes on it and hope to be recognised.

[Posted by Alan Smith]

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27th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sunday 4 October 2015
Entrance Thank you, God, for the gift of creation. (Bernadette Farrell)
Penitential rite (spoken)
Glory to God Mass of St Kenelm (Alan Smith)
Responsorial Psalm O blessed are those who fear the Lord (Paul Inwood)
Gospel Acclamation Celtic Alleluia
Preparation Reap me the earth as a harvest to God.
Eucharistic Acclamations A Parish Mass (Peter Jones)
Lamb of God Mass of St Kenelm (Alan Smith)
Communion procession O God, you search me and you know me. (Bernadette Farrell)
Recessional Bring forth the kingdom (Marty Haugen)

Today’s Mass celebrated the harvest, and the school was very well represented by pupils, parents and staff. Those forming the choir did especially well. tackling some tricky music with enthusiasm and confidence. After Mass, we all headed for the school hall where various enticements lay in wait to separate us from our money to the benefit of CAFOD.

[Posted by Alan Smith]

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