Music settings for liturgies

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SJNX Service
Congregation, optional choir, organ.
Crossgate Service
Congregation, optional choir, organ, piano or keyboard.
Mountjoy Eucharist
Congregation, optional choral elements, organ or piano.
WYSIWYG Service
Congregation, optional cantor. Explicitly unaccompanied, unison.
Additional eucharistic items
Miscellaneous liturgical items
Psalms and canticles, range of music styles
by: Psalm number, canticle name
by: Principal Service calendar
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These settings, freely available, are intended for congregational use (subject to liturgical context) and to be accessible to the "small church".

Most are written to Church of England (Anglican) Common Worship texts but will also suit many other churches and denominations. You are invited to explore and adopt them. 

All the texts have their own various copyrights; these must be respected. My music copyright is detailed separately.



SJNX Service

Greeting
The Lord be with you;
Alleluia, Christ is risen
Kyrie eleison
short form and long form
Gloria
Gospel responses
Sursum corda
Sanctus and Benedictus
Acclamations
Lord's Prayer
Agnus Dei
Benediction
The Lord bless you and keep you
Dismissal
Various

Singing: Mostly unison, and ideally suited to congregational use, with a singing president.

Accompaniment: Organ. Can be executed on manuals only, but pedal facility is helpful. The level of difficulty is about that of a typical hymn, although a small section of the Gloria finds itself in G# minor.

Harmonic style: Its harmonic language is somewhat un-hymn-like, though not too avant garde (which is anyway rather passe these days). It is based around a rising open fifth, chromatically descending bass, and hints of "blues" harmony. These are all prepared in the opening Kyrie.

Internet download: The setting is freely available, subject to your acceptance of its copyright, in Acrobat PDF format (12 pages).



Crossgate Service

Kyrie eleison
Gloria
Gospel responses
Sursum corda
Sanctus and Benedictus
Acclamations
Agnus Dei

Singing: For congregational use, and optional choir.

Accompaniment: Organ (can be executed on manuals only) or piano. The level of difficulty is about that of a typical hymn.

Internet download: The setting is freely available, subject to your acceptance of its copyright, in Acrobat PDF format (8 pages).



Mountjoy Eucharist

Kyrie eleison
in English or Greek
Gloria
Gospel responses
Sursum corda
Sanctus and Benedictus
Acclamations
Agnus Dei

Singing: A congregational setting with some optional choral harmony, and an optional descant in the Benedictus.

Accompaniment: Organ (pedals optional) or piano. About the same standard as typical hymns. The Gloria exists in two variants, a simple one in G throughout and the preferred one which modulates to Gb for its central section.

Possibilities: Several churches mix and match parts of various settings as is locally appropriate. This setting is known to be in successful mixed use as:

Internet download: The setting is freely available, subject to your acceptance of its copyright, in Acrobat PDF format (12 pages).



WYSIWYG communion setting

Kyrie eleison
in English or Greek
Gloria
Gospel responses
Sursum corda
Sanctus and Benedictus
Acclamations
Lord's Prayer
Agnus Dei
Dismissal

Features: unaccompanied, fully congregational, unison.

Small churches: often wish to use a musical Eucharist setting but have no regular organist or pianist. You may feel you lack the confidence or skills for harmony singing. This setting is specifically intended for unaccompanied use by a small congregation singing unison.

Larger churches: normally have the resources of choir and accompanists. You might consider this setting as a contrast, such as during the reflective seasons of Advent and Lent.

Internet download: The score is freely available, subject to your acceptance of its copyright, in Acrobat PDF format (8 pages).

For the curious: the acronym "WYSIWYG" derives from computer geek-speak: "What You See [Sing] Is What You Get". See it and sing it.



Additional eucharistic material

  Score Audio Comments Commissions, publications, etc.
Eucharistic Prayer A (Common Worship) PDF Score
PDF People
  All congregational sections included, in regular time signature. President's part in Anglican chant form.  
Eucharistic Prayer D (Common Worship) PDF Score
PDF People
  The text is congregational dialogue: "This is our song". This setting is in regular time signature and suitable for music group or organ.  
Eucharistic Prayer H (Common Worship) PDF Score
PDF People
MIDI Prayer H, unusually, has much congregational input. This setting is in regular time signature and accessible to music groups. Written at the request of Bishop David Stancliffe, chair of the Liturgical Commission.
Accept through him PDF MIDI From Eucharistic Prayer A. Compatible with Mountjoy Eucharist above. For Revd. Stephanie Watson.
Agnus Dei, "Bread is broken" lyrics: text   Tune: Summertime (Gershwin): solo, unaccompanied. Invitation to communion.  
Kyrie eleison     Tune: Yesterday (Lennon and McCartney).  

Miscellaneous liturgical material

  Score Audio Comments Awards, publications, etc.
God in Christ has revealed his glory PDF MIDI Flexible style (organ to music-group); leader, two parts.  
Gospel acclamations (Praise to you, O Christ) PDF   For the Lent season, including the Annunciation and Maundy Thursday. The congregational response remains constant but the acclamations employ stylistic variety. In top 5 of RSCM Harold Smart composition competition, 2000, for Common Worship resources.
May God, of hope the wellspring (Der Gott aber der hoffnung) PDF MIDI Blessing. SATB unaccompanied (difficult!) or accompanied solo. Commissioned for wedding.
The peace of God PDF MIDI Blessing. A gentle jazz lilt.  
We believe in God the Father PDF MIDI Common Worship metrical (8 7 8 7 D) version of the creed. This setting, with optional descant, has a music-group bias. Was scheduled for publication in Music for Common Worship, RSCM, Autumn 2000.
We believe in God the Father PDF MIDI See comments above. This setting of the text is hymn-like, with optional descant. Tune in top 16 of St. Paul's Cathedral Millennium Hymn Competition, 1999.
What shall I render to the Lord? PDF MIDI A text used at the offering by some Lutheran churches which other churches could consider.  
Yet my soul drew back Response   Non-musical. A liturgical acknowledgement of doubt.  

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Last updated: 1st August 2013