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Penitential Rite No.4

Priory Mass

  • Celebrant/Cantor:
    You were sent to heal the contrite:
    Lord, have mercy.
    All: Lord, have mercy.
  • Celebrant/Cantor:
    You came to call sinners:
    Christ, have mercy.
    All: Christ, have mercy.
  • Celebrant/Cantor:
    You plead for us at the right hand of the Father:
    Lord, have mercy.
    All: Lord, have mercy.
  • Celebrant/Cantor:
    May almighty God have mercy on us,
    forgive us our sins,
    and bring us to life everlasting. Amen.
    All: Amen.
© 1996 Mick Truman

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The Priory Mass was written in 1996 for Clare Priory in Suffolk, UK. It has been used during the annual Augustinian pilgrimage to Shrine of Our Lady at Clare Priory on and off since then.

There were a number of people who inspired and encouraged me to write this mass setting, Fr David Middleton and the musicians and singers in the parish especially, but special mention must be made of Fr Laurence Brassill who started the ball rolling by challenging me to write a music for the Penitiential Rite fifteen minutes before he was going to use it in a Mass that we were going to celebrate with a local school. It grew from there to this whole mass setting used with pilgrims to the Priory as well as in other churches around the UK.

The Gospel Greeting has been published in the hymn book Laudate (Decani Music) which is available from their website »

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themes in this song:

Service, Penitential Rite, forgiveness, Priory

liturgical use:

Penitential Rite