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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26th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sunday 27 September 2015
Entrance Act justly (Bernadette Farrell)
Penitential rite (spoken)
Glory to God Mass of St Kenelm (Alan Smith)
Responsorial Psalm You, Lord, have the message (David Ogden)
Gospel Acclamation Missal tone
Preparation In bread we bring you, Lord
Eucharistic Acclamations A Parish Mass (Peter Jones)
Lamb of God Mass of St Kenelm (Alan Smith)
Communion procession Your words are spirit and life (Bernadette Farrell)
Recessional Forth in the peace of Christ we go

The words of Bernadette Farrell’s Act Justly, like those of many of her best songs, pull no punches. I think that, in time, the song will prove a popular and useful addition to our parish repertoire.

 

[Posted by Alan Smith]

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25th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sunday 20 September 2015
Entrance Safe in the shadow of the Lord L953
Penitential rite (spoken)
Glory to God Mass of St Kenelm (Alan Smith)
Responsorial Psalm O God, uphold my life (Christopher Walker)
Gospel Acclamation Salisbury Alleluia
Preparation Brother, sister, let me serve you L924
Eucharistic Acclamations A Parish Mass (Peter Jones)
Lamb of God Mass of St Kenelm (Alan Smith)
Communion procession O Lord, I know you are near L777
Recessional Blest are the pure in heart L908

With both our cantors away today, I elected to sing the psalm and have my laptop “play” the digital piano.  (I used Sibelius to prepare the accompaniment, then played it back via a simple MIDI interface.) It worked just fine, and occasioned some interested comments afterwards! The key, as always, is to get the tempo just right, and the volume level also.

The Communion processional song was the Golden Oldie formerly known as “Yahweh, I know you are near”. A few years ago, the Vatican decreed that, out of respect, the Name of God (Yahweh) was no longer to be spoken or sung in the Liturgy.

[Posted by Alan Smith]

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It’s going to be big…

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Inspired by Tallis and the numbers 5 and 8, I am embarking on a new piece for 40 recorders: 8 consorts of 5 players encircling the audience. Somewhere in there is a harpsichord/cello continuo too.

I have a plan (variations and fugue); now all I have to do is write all the notes down!

This is going to take some time. Watch this space…

 

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