14th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sunday 6 July 2014
Entrance Come to me, O weary traveller
Penitential Act A Parish Mass (Peter Jones)
Glory to God A Parish Mass (Peter Jones)
Responsorial Psalm I will praise your name (David Haas)
Gospel Acclamation Salisbury Alleluia (Christopher Walker)
Preparation I heard the voice of Jesus say
Eucharistic Acclamations A Parish Mass (Peter Jones)
Agnus Dei Aston Lamb of God (Peter Jones)
Communion procession All who labour, come to me (Psallite)
Recessional Forth in thy name, O Lord, I go

Today’s Communion processional song was from Psallite, a large-scale project by a group of composers at Collegeville, Minnesota. The best of these settings are tuneful and easily memorised, so I daresay will be using more of them in future.

[Posted by Alan Smith]

SS Peter and Paul (Confirmation)

Sunday 29 June 2014
Gathering in Prayer: Come, Holy Spirit (John Bell)
Entrance Song: Into a world of darkness (sung to IN NOMINE)
Glory to God A Parish Mass (Peter Jones)
Responsorial Psalm Taste and see (Stephen Dean)
Gospel Acclamation Celtic Alleluia (Fintan O'Carroll))
During Confirmation Veni, Sancte Spiritus (Christopher Walker)
Preparation Song Shine, Jesus shine (Graham Kendrick)
Eucharistic Acclamations Glastonbury Acclamations (Christopher Walker)
Agnus Dei Aston Lamb of God (Peter Jones)
Communion procession 1 Take and eat (Michael Joncas)
Communion procession 2 Share the light of Jesus (Bernadette Farrell)
Recessional Walk in the Light

Today’s celebration of Confirmation, coming so soon after last week’s First Holy Communion, was our second, somewhat more confident, school-parish musical collaboration. A few items were in common, but everything – old and new – went very well. Archbishop Bernard was well pleased and graciously said so at the conclusion of Mass. Afterwards, in the hall, he was in no hurry to get away and delighted many by his willingness to talk informally with one and all.

[Posted by Alan Smith]

The Body and Blood of Christ (First Holy Communion)

Sunday 22 June 2014
Entrance All are welcome (Marty Haugen)
Glory to God A Parish Mass (Peter Jones)
Responsorial Psalm Taste and see (Stephen Dean)
Gospel Acclamation Celtic Alleluia (Fintan O'Carroll))
Preparation We come to your feast (Michael Joncas)
Eucharistic Acclamations Glastonbury Acclamations (Christopher Walker)
Agnus Dei Aston Lamb of God (Peter Jones)
Communion procession 1 Take and eat (Michael Joncas)
Communion procession 2 Bread of life, truth eternal (CJM)
Recessional Our God reigns

Today’s celebration of First Holy Communion was our first, somewhat tentative, school-parish musical collaboration. (Like buses, you wait for ages then two come along at once, for next week it is Confirmation, with Archbishop Bernard. ) The school children sang very nicely, not least in Michael Joncas’ Take and eat, the verses of which can trap even the most experienced singers. Our God reigns brought the celebration to a rousing conclusion, with the organist unleashing rather more of the instrument than usual towards the end.

[Posted by Alan Smith]

Trinity Sunday

Sunday 15 June 2014
Entrance Father, Lord of all creation
Glory to God A Parish Mass (Peter Jones)
Responsorial Psalm You are blest, Lord God (Peter Jones)
Gospel Acclamation Salisbury Alleluia (Christopher Walker)
Preparation Holy, holy, holy! Lord God almighty
Eucharistic Acclamations A Parish Mass (Peter Jones)
Agnus Dei Aston Lamb of God (Peter Jones)
Communion procession Processional Doxology (Alan Smith)
Recessional Sing of the Lord’s goodness (Ernie Sands)

Today’s preparation hymn has one of those tunes that people nearly always get wrong, because the repeated phrase isn’t actually a repeat. It’s a pity the composer didn’t field-test it! (Abbot’s Leigh, sung to Glorious things of thee are spoken, is another one – grrr!!)

Yesterday, we hosted a meeting of the Society of St Gregory’s Composers’ Forum: an invaluable get-together for composers to share and discuss their new music for the RC liturgy. I presented my Processional Doxology to the meeting and, as often happens, one or two improvements were suggested – which is why the version on today’s printed service sheet and what we actually sang were different!

[Posted by Alan Smith]

Pentecost

Sunday 8 June 2014
Entrance Come, Holy Ghost, Creator, come
Glory to God A Parish Mass (Peter Jones)
Responsorial Psalm Send forth your Spirit, O Lord (Christopher Walker)
Sequence Holy Spirit, Lord of light
Gospel Acclamation Celtic Alleluia (Fintan O'Carroll)
Preparation Come down, O love divine
Eucharistic Acclamations A Parish Mass (Peter Jones)
Agnus Dei Aston Lamb of God (Peter Jones)
Communion procession Spirit of God (Bernadette Farrell)
Recessional Shine, Jesus, shine (Graham Kendrick)

Bernadette Farrell’s Spirit of God worked very well as a communion processional: its refrain is short and memorable, while its verses move what could otherwise be a very static song forward (with much of the momentum coming from the interesting harmonic touches). A cello soloist would have been good – or, failing that, a bassoonist – but I managed without (just!).

[Posted by Alan Smith]

Ascension of the Lord

Sunday 1 June 2014
Entrance Praise him as he mounts the skies
Penitential Act A Parish Mass (Peter Jones)
Glory to God A Parish Mass (Peter Jones)
Responsorial Psalm God goes up with shouts of joy (Teresa Brown)
Gospel Acclamation Brentwood Alleluia (Christopher Walker)
Preparation The head that once was crowned with thorns
Eucharistic Acclamations A Parish Mass (Peter Jones)
Agnus Dei Aston Lamb of God (Peter Jones)
Communion procession Taste and see (Christopher Walker)
Recessional New praises be given to Christ newly crowned

The Ascension is perhaps one of those events in the liturgical year that would benefit from some fresh thinking and new repertoire from hymn writers and composers. The present repertoire, with its emphasis on “going up”, sends all the wrong messages to a post-Close Encounters world. For all that, Teresa Brown’s jolly psalm setting was more about the “shouts of joy” than the “going up”!

[Posted by Alan Smith]

6th Sunday of Easter

Sunday 25 May 2014
Entrance This joyful Eastertide
Penitential Act A Parish Mass (Peter Jones)
Glory to God A Parish Mass (Peter Jones)
Responsorial Psalm Shout with joy to God all earth! (Alan Smith)
Gospel Acclamation Brentwood Alleluia (Christopher Walker)
Preparation Be still, and know I am with you
Eucharistic Acclamations A Parish Mass (Peter Jones)
Agnus Dei Aston Lamb of God (Peter Jones)
Communion procession Unless a grain of wheat (Bernadette Farrell)
Recessional Love divine, all loves excelling

[Posted by Alan Smith]

4th Sunday of Easter

Sunday 11 May 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 The Lord is my shepherd (Fintan O'Carroll)
Gospel Acclamation Celtic Alleluia (Christopher Walker)
Preparation Battle is o'er
Eucharistic Acclamations A Parish Mass (Peter Jones)
Agnus Dei Aston Lamb of God (Peter Jones)
Communion procession Shepherd me, O God (Marty Haugen)
Recessional Bring, all ye dear-bought nations

We were revisiting Shepherd me, O God after its recent outing just before Easter, this time as the communion chant. What better song for Eastertide? “from death into life!”

[Posted by Alan Smith]

Severn Voices – programme

Here’s the full programme:

Summer Concert 2014 – Highnam Programme
A concert of English Choral Music
Masterpieces from Three Centuries – 1600-1860

Haec Dies – William Byrd

Hosanna to the son of David – Thomas Weelkes

I was glad when they said unto me – Henry Purcell

Salvator Mundi – John Blow

O where shall wisdom be found? – William Boyce

From Messiah – George Frideric Handel
— The Lord gave the word
— Their sound is gone out

Three Madrigals:
— Never Weather-beaten Saile* – Thomas Campion
— Fair Phyllis* – John Farmer
— Hard by a crystal fountain* – Thomas Morley

Ave Regina Caelorum – Samuel Wesley

Blessed be the God and Father – Samuel Sebastian Wesley

Interval

Lay a Garland* – Robert Lucas Pearsall

Four Part Songs for Open Air Singing:
— Fruhlingsahnung*
— Die Primel*
— Fruhlingsfeier*
— Lerchengesang* – Felix Mendelssohn

How goodly are thy tents – FAG Ouseley

God so loved the world – John Stainer

Ave Maria – Felix Mendelssohn

From Messiah – George Frideric Handel
— Lift up your heads, O ye gates
— Let all the angels of God

The King shall rejoice – George Frideric Handel

 

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