Mothering Sunday

Hosted by: St Michael's Church and Choir

Mothering Sunday, or Laetare Sunday, with Sung Mass at 11am, is on 31st March this year. It’s always a special day at St Michael’s and a moment of mid-Lent joy. Our Celebrant is Fr Nigel & Preacher is Reader Howard Friend.

The special set of Rose Red Vestments is used, posies of Spring flowers are presented to mothers and others that we honour, and perhaps a Simnel Cake is shared over refreshments after Mass.

Music is Missa “Dixit Maria”, by Hassler. Motet: O Lorde, the maker of al thing, by John Joubert (1927-2019). Hymns 185, 451, 63.




In 2018 we sang Mass in F, by Harold Darke, Motet “The Lord Bless You and Keep You” by John Rutter, and New English Hymnal 344, 184 & 413.

In 2017 we sang Missa Aeterna Christi Munera (The Eternal Gifts of Christ) by Palestrina, & Motet “The Lord bless you and keep you” by John Rutter. Falling on 26th March that  year, we also kept the Feast of the Annunciation (transferred from 25th).

In 2016 we sang “Mass in the Dorian Mode” by Thomas Tallis, and “View me, Lord, a work of Thine” by Richard Lloyd to words of Thomas Campion.

In 2015 the choir sang the Mass Setting “Missa O quam gloriosum” by Victoria, and the Motet “Ave Maria” by Parsons.

INTROIT. Laetare. Is. 66.  REJOICE ye with Jerusalem: and be glad with her, all ye that love her: rejoice for joy with her, all ye that mourn for her: that ye may suck, and be satisfied with the breast of her consolations. Ps. 122 I was glad when the said unto me: We will go into the house of the Lord.
V. Glory be.

COLLECT.  GRANT, we beseech thee, Almighty God: that we, who for our evil deeds do worthily deserve to be punished, by the comfort of thy      grace may mercifully be relieved. Through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

GRADUAL. Ps. 122.  I was glad when they said unto me: We will go into the house of the Lord. V. Peace be within thy walls, and plenteousness within thy palaces.
TRACT. Ps. 125.  They that put their trust in the Lord shall be even as the mount Sion: which may not be removed but standeth fast for ever. V. The hills stand about Jerusalem: even so standeth the Lord round about his people, from this time forth for evermore.

OFFERTORY. Ps. 135.  O praise the Lord, for the Lord is gracious: O sing praises unto his Name, for it is lovely: whatsoever the Lord pleased, that did he in heaven and in earth.

COMMUNION. Ps. 122.  Jerusalem is built as a city that is at unity with itself: for thither the tribes go up, even the tribes of the Lord, to give thanks unto the Name of the Lord.


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