Epiphany

Sunday 4 January 2015
Entrance As with gladness men of old
Penitential rite (spoken)
Glory to God Gloria (David Saint)
Responsorial Psalm All nations shall fall prostrate (Dean/Bevenot)
Gospel Acclamation Gospel Greeting (Farrell)
Preparation O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness
Eucharistic Acclamations Revised Gathering Mass (Paul Inwood)
Lamb of God Aston Lamb of God (Peter Jones)
Communion procession Lord Jesus Christ, your light shines within us (Taizé)
Recessional We three kings

[Posted by Alan Smith]

Another Sunday where the music almost chooses itself. O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness is a much-loved favourite amongst Anglo-Catholics, from whom we have borrowed it.

Christmas Midnight Mass

Wednesday 24 December 2014
Entrance O come, all ye faithful
Penitential rite (spoken)
Glory to God David Saint
Responsorial Psalm Today, today a Saviour has been born (Bernadette Farrell)
Gospel Acclamation Gospel Greeting (Farrell)
Preparation Once in royal David's city
Eucharistic Acclamations Revised Gathering Mass (Paul Inwood)
Lamb of God Aston Lamb of God (Peter Jones)
Communion procession 1 O little town of Bethlehem
Communion procession 2 Silent night
Recessional Hark! the herald angels sing glory

Once again, Fr John Pitchford celebrated Mass with us.

As reported elsewhere in the UK in recent years, fewer people are attending this late Mass (we started at 11pm). It was standing room only at the more child-friendly 6.30. For all that, there was a good atmosphere at this celebration: everyone sang beautifully and the church look wonderful. Happy Christmas, everyone!

[Posted by Alan Smith]

4th Sunday of Advent (Year B)

Sunday 21 December 2014
Entrance Praise we the Lord this day
Penitential rite (spoken)
Responsorial Psalm I will sing, I will sing (David Ogden)
Gospel Acclamation Gospel Greeting (Farrell)
Preparation The angel Gabriel
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 O come, O come Emmanuel

[Posted by Alan Smith]

3rd Sunday of Advent (Year B)

Sunday 14 December 2014
Entrance O comfort my people
Penitential rite (spoken)
Responsorial Psalm My soul rejoices (Peter Jones)
Gospel Acclamation Gospel Greeting (Farrell)
Preparation There is a longing in our hearts (Anne Quigley)
Eucharistic Acclamations Revised Gathering Mass (Paul Inwood)
Lamb of God Aston Lamb of God (Peter Jones)
Communion procession Advent Litany of the Word (Bernadette Farrell)
Recessional My soul is filled with joy (John Bell)

Your prayers are requested for Fr Peter Jones who is still in hospital.

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]

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