2nd Sunday of Advent (Year B)

Sunday 7 December 2014
Entrance On Jordan's bank the Baptist's cry
Penitential rite (spoken)
Responsorial Psalm Let us see, O Lord, your mercy, (Alan Smith, PS1)
Gospel Acclamation Gospel Greeting (Farrell)
Preparation Hark! a herald voice is calling
Eucharistic Acclamations Revised Gathering Mass (Paul Inwood)
Lamb of God Aston Lamb of God (Peter Jones)
Communion procession Bread of life, hope of the world (Bernadette Farrell)
Recessional Lift up your heads, O mighty gates

Fr Peter Jones is still ill and in hospital (prayers please), so Fr John Pitchford celebrated Mass with us.

In the light of today’s readings the hymns pretty much chose themselves. Hark! a herald voice reminds us that exclamation marks are not always or only equivalent to full stops! Here, it equates to a comma (as it does in Hark! the herald angels).

Everyone had remembered the Revised Gathering Mass quite well, though many of us were still singing the original words and having to be very careful not to reprise the Hosannas after the Memorial Acclamation.

The final hymn had a fine text, but the tune (TRURO) was not very well known, nor will a once-yearly outing serve to imprint it on our collective memory. Perhaps that bold descending 7th near the end will help to do so.

[Posted by Alan Smith]

1st Sunday of Advent (Year B)

Sunday 30 November 2014
Entrance Lo, he comes with clouds descending
Penitential rite (spoken)
Responsorial Psalm God of hosts, bring us back (Sue Furlong, PS1)
Gospel Acclamation Gospel Greeting (Farrell)
Preparation Awake, awake: fling off the night!
Communion procession Wait for the Lord (Taizé)
Recessional Hail to the Lord's anointed

Today, with Fr Peter being indisposed, we celebrated according to the Directory for Sunday Celebrations in the Absence of a Priest.

As ever, the music takes on a different hue as we enter Advent. Even in Sue Furlong’s fulsome psalm setting, painful dissonances lurk below the surface of those fruity harmonies.

[Posted by Alan Smith]

Christ the King

Sunday 23 November 2014
Entrance Hail, Redeemer, King divine!
Penitential Act A Parish Mass (Peter Jones)
Glory to God A Parish Mass (Peter Jones)
Responsorial Psalm Because the Lord is my shepherd (Walker)
Gospel Acclamation Celtic Alleluia (O'Carroll)
Preparation Majesty
Eucharistic Acclamations Glastonbury Acclamations (Walker)
Agnus Dei Aston Lamb of God (Peter Jones)
Communion procession Lord, make me a means of your peace
Recessional You are salt for the earth (Haugen)

The school choir joined us this morning for a delightful celebration with several ‘good tunes’. Since I was the sole music leader today, I moved the piano out front and directed from there.

A fitting end to the Church’s year.

[Posted by Alan Smith]

33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sunday 16 November 2014
Entrance Lord, accept the gifts we offer
Penitential Act A Parish Mass (Peter Jones)
Glory to God A Parish Mass (Peter Jones)
Responsorial Psalm O blessed are those who fear the Lord (Inwood)
Gospel Acclamation Missal chant
Preparation In bread we bring you, Lord
Eucharistic Acclamations A Parish Mass (Peter Jones)
Agnus Dei Aston Lamb of God (Peter Jones)
Communion procession In the Lord I'll be ever thankful (Taizé)
Recessional All my hope on God is founded

Our final hymn today answers those who question Herbert Howells ability to pen a strong, straightforward melody: this is perhaps one of the finest 20th century examples. The Taizé chant is a fine melody too – one that really does bear repetition.

[Posted by Alan Smith]

All Saints

Sunday 2 November 2014
Entrance Holy God, we praise your name
Penitential Act A Parish Mass (Peter Jones)
Glory to God A Parish Mass (Peter Jones)
Responsorial Psalm Such are the ones who seek your face (RPB)
Gospel Acclamation Missal chant
Preparation By all your saints still striving
Eucharistic Acclamations A Parish Mass (Peter Jones)
Agnus Dei Aston Lamb of God (Peter Jones)
Communion procession Eat this bread, drink this cup (Taizé)
Recessional For all the saints

Perhaps not a lot of people notice, but Holy God, we praise your name is a versified paraphrase of the Te Deum, so it made a good opening hymn today.

In its original form, today’s psalm response is perhaps the most blatantly non-inclusive in the entire three-year cycle – so we adjusted it!

[Posted by Alan Smith]

30th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sunday 26 October 2014
Entrance Christ be beside me
Penitential Act A Parish Mass (Peter Jones)
Glory to God A Parish Mass (Peter Jones)
Responsorial Psalm I love you, Lord, my strength (Complete Responsorial Psalter p153)
Gospel Acclamation Missal chant
Preparation Act justly (Bernadette Farrell)
Eucharistic Acclamations A Parish Mass (Peter Jones)
Agnus Dei Aston Lamb of God (Peter Jones)
Communion procession Ubi caritas (Taizé)
Recessional Christ, be our light (Bernadette Farrell)

Act justly, love tenderly. Walk, walk humbly with your God – Bernadette Farrell’s wonderful take on Micah 6:8 was new to us, but very quickly taken up by everyone. This is perhaps the song for Justice and Peace (cf the OT reading), but Christ, be our light runs it a close second.

[Posted by Alan Smith]

29th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sunday 19 October 2014
Entrance All people that on earth do dwell
Penitential Act A Parish Mass (Peter Jones)
Glory to God A Parish Mass (Peter Jones)
Responsorial Psalm Psalm 95 (Gelineau tone)
Gospel Acclamation Missal chant
Preparation There is a longing in our hearts (Anne Quigley)
Eucharistic Acclamations A Parish Mass (Peter Jones)
Agnus Dei Aston Lamb of God (Peter Jones)
Communion procession Bread of life, hope for the world (Bernadette Farrell)
Recessional The Kingdom of God

Oh for some trumpets and timpani! Whenever we do “All people that on earth do sing” I want to use the RVW arrangement. Still, I did manage to get some of its harmonies into my accompaniment.

[Posted by Alan Smith]

How to erase unwanted Yosemite beta partition

WARNING: this tip involves reformatting and re-partitioning your Mac’s hard disk. YOU DO THIS AT YOUR OWN RISK.

I was one of the million or so public beta testers for Apple’s OS 10.10 (Yosemite). I created a new partition on my main computer’s hard disk and installed the beta OS on it.

When Yosemite was released last week, I installed it on my hard disk’s main partition. The beta was now redundant, so I set about erasing it and reclaiming the space.

What I discovered (as have many others) is that trying to do this with Disk Utility doesn’t work.

Here’s how to do it:

  1. Back up your hard disk, just in case! (Personally, I don’t rely on my Time Machine backup, but use Carbon Copy Cloner. Other utilities are available.)
  2. Reboot your Mac into Recovery Mode (do this by holding down the ALT/Option key while restarting). When presented with a choice of startup disks, choose Recovery 10.10
  3. On booting up, you will be offered some choices. Choose Disk Utility.
  4. In Disk Utility, select your Yosemite beta partition (from the list of disks at the top-left) and erase it (using Disk Utility’s Erase tab).
  5. When that has finished, restart your computer. (If you still have other bootable partitions, use ALT/Option as above to choose your main (Yosemite) partition. If not, don’t bother; it will boot into it automatically.)
  6. Now that you’re back in your main, new system, run Disk Utility again. You will still see your old beta partition in the list at top-left – the difference is that it is now empty (you erased it).
  7. Choose ‘Macintosh HD’ from the top of the list of disks (NB: NOT the partition, also probably called Macintosh HD, which is below it).
  8. Select the Partition tab in Disk Utility’s main window.
  9. Click on the beta partition you wish to remove.
  10. Select the minus sign (-) at the bottom and confirm that you want to remove this partition.
  11. Disk Utility will remove your beta partition and expand your main partition to reclaim the space.
  12. Probably unnecessary, but I did another restart at this point, just to be sure.

There are other ways of doing this. An Internet search will turn up solutions using Terminal. I think the procedure I give above is easier if you’re not used to paddling around in Unix. The trick is to erase the contents of the unwanted partition, and the problem is you can’t do that using Disk Utility on your main system disk.

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