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.

InDesign CS5.5 and Yosemite

Major updates to your computer’s operating system can be a very mixed blessing: great new must-have functionality, perhaps; broken application software, maybe. OS updates don’t come much more major than Apple’s OS 10.10 (Yosemite), but what might it do to InDesign, Acrobat, Sibelius, and Finale, not to mention the dozens of other applications  that I and my business rely on from day to day?

Well, this is what I have discovered so far (by using the apps – not just by reading about them):

Adobe InDesign CS5.5 seems to work fine in Yosemite;
Adobe Acrobat Pro is fine too;
Sibelius 7 is also good;
Finale 2014 is fine.

Having written this, I daresay a few bugs will emerge to embarrass me, but so far so good.

28th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sunday 12 October 2014
Entrance Gather Us In (Marty Haugen)
Penitential Act A Parish Mass (Peter Jones)
Glory to God A Parish Mass (Peter Jones)
Responsorial Psalm My Shepherd is the Lord (John Glynn)
Gospel Acclamation Missal chant
Preparation The Church's one foundation
Eucharistic Acclamations A Parish Mass (Peter Jones)
Agnus Dei Aston Lamb of God (Peter Jones)
Communion procession Take and eat (Michael Joncas)
Recessional I heard the voice of Jesus say (KINGSFOLD)

It’s always tricky when I am both organist and cantor, so it was great that both the adult choir and the people were in good voice, not least in the verses of Michael Joncas’ beautiful Take and Eat (GIA).

It was good, too, to hear again Fr John Glynn’s lovely and simple setting of Psalm 23, with it’s drooping 7th refrain (very appropriate in Elgar country!).

[Posted by Alan Smith]

27th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Harvest)

Sunday 5 October 2014
Entrance Reap me the earth
Penitential Act A Parish Mass (Peter Jones)
Glory to God A Parish Mass (Peter Jones)
Responsorial Psalm This day was made by the Lord (Boyce & Stanley)
Gospel Acclamation Celtic Alleluia
Preparation The Wonders I See (Bernadette Farrell)
Eucharistic Acclamations Glastonbury Acclamations (Christopher Walker)
Agnus Dei Aston Lamb of God (Peter Jones)
Communion procession We give you thanks (David Haas)
Communion song O God, you search me (Bernadette Farrell)
Recessional God, whose farm is all creation

Today’s Mass was something of a transitional hybrid: a ‘school’ Mass with some ‘parish’ features – including me on the organ and piano. The children did extraordinarily well on less rehearsal than usual, and the people’s singing was good too, in spite of a rather higher number of unknown items than usual.

[Posted by Alan Smith]

26th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sunday 28 September 2014
Entrance All Are Welcome (Marty Haugen)
Penitential Act A Parish Mass (Peter Jones)
Glory to God A Parish Mass (Peter Jones)
Responsorial Psalm Remember your mercy, Lord (Paul Wellicome)
Gospel Acclamation Missal chant
Preparation Blest are the pure in heart
Eucharistic Acclamations A Parish Mass (Peter Jones)
Agnus Dei Aston Lamb of God (Peter Jones)
Communion procession Let all mortal flesh keep silence
Recessional Lord of all hopefulness

By happy chance, having sung All Are Welcome at the start of Mass, we met some newcomers to the parish afterwards.

As an organist, I do enjoy accompanying Let all mortal flesh keep silence: it is a wonderful text, which is in itself a steady crescendo from “silence” at the start to shouts of “Alleluia!” at the end. PICARDY is the only tune to sing it to, in my opinion, and I try to respect its Dorian modality (while allowing myself an appropriate tierce de Picardie in the last verse).

[Posted by Alan Smith]

25th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sunday 21 September 2014
Entrance Seek ye first the kingdom of God
Penitential Act A Parish Mass (Peter Jones)
Glory to God A Parish Mass (Peter Jones)
Responsorial Psalm The Lord is close to all who call him (Martin Hall)
Gospel Acclamation Brentwood Alleluia (Christopher Walker)
Preparation Reap me the earth (Peter Icarus)
Eucharistic Acclamations A Parish Mass (Peter Jones)
Agnus Dei Aston Lamb of God (Peter Jones)
Communion procession Lord, how can I repay (John Glynn)
Recessional Take the word of God with you (Christopher Walker)

Today’s psalm setting was by my old friend, Martin Hall, now deceased. Martin worked for Boosey & Hawkes, the London music publisher, and could never resist a bit of name dropping, especially “Ben” (Benjamin Britten) – though, to be  fair, I never heard him mention “Igor” (Stravinsky) or “Serge” (Prokofiev), who were also contracted to B&H!

The words of today’s final song were written by Christopher Walker’s godson, James Harrison, when he was 14.

[Posted by Alan Smith]

The Exaltation of the Holy Cross

Sunday 14 September 2014
Entrance Hail, Redeemer, King divine!
Penitential Act A Parish Mass (Peter Jones)
Glory to God A Parish Mass (Peter Jones)
Responsorial Psalm Never forget the deeds of the Lord (Stephen Dean)
Gospel Acclamation Missal chant
Preparation Crown him with many crowns
Eucharistic Acclamations A Parish Mass (Peter Jones)
Agnus Dei Aston Lamb of God (Peter Jones)
Communion procession Meditation on the Passion (Christopher Walker)
Recessional At the name of Jesus

In Monsignor Crichton’s The Story of a Parish we read that when our church was officially opened on 6 June 1959 “the text of the Mass was that of the Exaltation of the Cross which is the nearest the Roman calendar gets to the feast of the Holy Redeemer to whom the church is dedicated”. So today is our patronal festival.

[Posted by Alan Smith]

23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sunday 7 September 2014
Entrance The kingdom of God is justice and joy
Penitential Act A Parish Mass (Peter Jones)
Glory to God A Parish Mass (Peter Jones)
Responsorial Psalm O my people, do not harden your hearts (Patrick Geary)
Gospel Acclamation Missal chant
Preparation Brother, sister, let me serve you (Richard Gillard)
Eucharistic Acclamations A Parish Mass (Peter Jones)
Agnus Dei Aston Lamb of God (Peter Jones)
Communion procession As the deer longs (Bob Hurd)
Recessional Go to the world! Go into all the earth

This Sunday, the regular music team resumed its duties. We will continue to use the same Mass setting until the end of Ordinary Time, after which a seasonal change will be called for.

We featured several Big Tunes this week to encourage the people to sing – but we needn’t have worried. The final hymn – a useful new text from Laudate – was sung to SINE NOMINE (‘For all the saints’). The psalm setting was Patrick Geary’s ‘Listen to the voice of the Lord’ – one of his best settings.

[Posted by Alan Smith]

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