Thursday, 12 April 2007

Music programme for 2nd Sunday after Easter

The readings for the 2nd Sunday after Easter ("Low Sunday") are always the same: focusing on our Lord's appearance to St Thomas. Over the past few years I have settled on a the following programme for this day which works well in your average parish:

Entrance (and Recessional) Song: Alleluia, Alleluia, give thanks to the Risen Lord (Donald Fishel © Word of God)

Gloria: Taize setting. Taize doesn't have a full setting of the Gloria, but I use the ostinato response "Gloria I" with verses I have set to music for "Miserere Mei" from Psalm 24(25). (See Music from Taize Vol. I).

Psalm 118 (117): Give thanks to the Lord for he is good; his love is everlasting! (Setting by Howard L. Hughes, ©1984 WLP, published in Psalms and Ritual Music: Music for the Liturgy of the Word, Year C)

Gospel Acclamation (to the tune: O Filii et Filiae):
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia
How blest are they who have not seen,
and yet whose faith has constant been,
for they eternal life shall win. Alleluia.
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Offertory: Now the Green Blade rises

Communion: O Sons and Daughters