Thursday, 17 May 2007

Music Program for Ascension Sunday

At my local parish, I am leading music this Sunday. Here is my intended program. Keep in mind that I have no accompaniment (volunteers will be gladly accepted!).

Entrance Song: Clap your hands all you peoples (John Bell, TIS 29, Wild Goose Publications)

Psalm 47 (46): God mounts his throne to shouts of joy, to shouts of joy (Text: Grail, Tune: Christopher Wilcock, Source: Psalms For Feasts and Seasons (Collins Dove)

Gospel Acclamation: (using the same music as the antiphon for the psalm) Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!
Go and teach all people my gospel.
I am with you always, until the end of the world.
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

Offertory: Recorder Music (my voice on its own can get a bit monotonous after a while--so I am told, anyway...)

Eucharistic Prayer: Glastonbury Mass (an “echo” Mass setting) (Setting: Christopher Walker)

Communion: Alleluia, Sing to Jesus (Text: W. C. Dix, Tune: Hyfrydol, Source: Together in Song 517; no copyright) In my opinion, you can't have Ascension without this hymn.

Recession: Hail Redeemer, King divine (Text: Patrick Brennan) The single best known Catholic hymn in Australia (discounting "Come as you are"). Again, they might not like traditional hymns in my parish, but be blowed if our kids should grow up not knowing this old classic.

1 comment:

Josh said...

While, alas, it's probably not so well known to Catholics, that great Wesley hymn "Hail the day that sees him rise" is also a must-have for Ascension Thursday on Sunday (confused?).

Simple tune, moving words; there are a LOT of verses, so best either used during Communion in a big church, or edited down.

When it gets to the lines "See! He lifts His hands above, Alleluia! / See! He shows the prints of love, Alleluia!" I could almost cry it's so moving.